How to vote

SPANISH CITIZENS TEMPORARILY LIVING ABROAD

SPANISH CITIZENS TEMPORARILY LIVING ABROAD (ROYAL DECREE 1621/2007, OF 7 DECEMBER)

a) VOTING REQUEST TO THE PROVINCIAL BRANCH OF THE ELECTORAL ROLL OFFICE (DPOCE) (FROM 31 MARCH TO 25 APRIL)

Spanish citizens who are abroad temporarily and wish to exercise their right to vote in the 24 May elections must request the pertinent documentation from the Provincial Branch of the Election Roll Office between 31 March and 25 April. This request must be made using a form that can be collected at the Consular Posts or Sections of Embassies, or electronically from the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

It is essential that the filled-in request is delivered in person to the Consular Post or Consular Section of the Embassy, presenting a DNI or Spanish passport to the corresponding consular official who shall verify the necessary data to process the request and shall ultimately remit it to the Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office.

b) REMITTANCE OF THE DOCUMENTATION BY THE DPOCE (FROM 28 APRIL TO 4 MAY, OR TO 12 MAY IF A CANDIDACY IS CHALLENGED)

The Provincial Delegation of the Electoral Roll Office, after receiving the voting request, shall send the following documentation by certified post to the address indicated by the voter:

  • Certificate of registration in the roll.
  • Voting ballots.
  • Voting envelope.
  • An envelope addressed to the corresponding electoral table.
  • An explanatory note.

It must be sent no later than 4 May, or 12 May, depending on whether any candidacy has been challenged.

c) REMITTANCE OF THE VOTE TO THE TABLE (FROM 28 APRIL TO 20 MAY)

Having received the necessary documentation, voters shall proceed to choose the voting ballot, put it in the voting envelope and seal the envelope. If there are several elections they shall repeat the procedure for each of them.

Then, voters must put the voting envelope(s) and the certificate they received into the envelope addressed to the electoral table, sending it by certified post by 20 May.

It should be noted that in the case of municipal elections the name of the party, federation, coalition or group being voted for should be clearly written on the ballot and the vote sent as indicated above.

It is of utmost importance that postmarks or other official markings from a State Post Office must appear clearly on the envelope in order to confirm the date it is sent, in compliance with the established deadline (until 20 May).