How to vote

From abroad

Activities Dates
Absentee ballot request form From 31 March until 25 April
Remittance by Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office of the absentee ballot request. Available in person or online Starting 31 March

Remittance by Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office of the postal voting electoral documentation. The date will vary based on whether or not candidacy declarations have been challenged

31 March to 4 May or to 12 May

Absentee ballot sent by certified post
Absentee ballot in ballot box
Until 19 May
20 May until 22 May

WHO IS ENTITLED TO POSTAL VOTING FROM ABROAD?

For the Elections of 24 May 2015, all Spanish nationals living abroad and registered in the electoral roll of persons absent from the Community of Madrid may vote by post.

WHAT MUST BE DONE TO VOTE FROM ABROAD?

a) Verification of registration in the CERA

Voters who live abroad may vote in the elections of 24 May 2015 by first checking with their corresponding Embassy or Consulate that they are registered in the Electoral Roll of Absent Spanish Residents (CERA).

Once their registration in the CERA has been confirmed, they must request a ballot (no later than 25 April) from the Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office by filling out an official form which is sent to everyone registered in the CERA. It is also available starting the day after the call for elections in consular offices and can also be obtained online.

Along with the ballot request form, voters must include a photocopy of their passport or DNI (issued by Spanish authorities) or their certificate of nationality or of registration in the Consular Register (issued by the Spanish Consulate in the country of residence).

b) Remittance by Provincial Delegate of the Electoral Roll Office of voting documentation

Once the Provincial Delegate of the Electoral Roll Office receives the ballot requests, it shall send the following documents to the address specified by the voter:

  • Ballot
  • Ballot envelope(s)
  • Two identical certificates of being registered in the Roll of Absent Residents, as well as
  • An envelope addressed to the competent Election Board
  • An envelope addressed to the Consular Post or Consular Section of the Diplomatic Mission at which they are registered.

These documents shall be sent by certified post by no later than 4 May, provided that no candidacy declarations have been challenged. Otherwise, if the declaration of any candidate has been challenged, they shall be sent by no later than 12 May.

c) Postal vote sending by voters (until 19 May)

For this election there are two ways absentee residents can vote: either by post or by ballot box in their respective consulates or locations provided for that purpose.

Thus, people who choose to vote by post must include in an envelope addressed to the corresponding Election Board, along with the ballot envelope(s) and the certificate registration in the roll, a photocopy of their passport or DNI (issued by Spanish authorities) or a certificate of nationality or certificate of registration in the Consular Register (issued by the Spanish Consulate in the country of residence). The envelope containing all this must be sent in an envelope addressed to the Consular Post or Consular Section of the Diplomatic Mission at which the voter is registered. It must be sent by certified post before 19 May.

d) Ballot box (from 20 to 22 May)

Meanwhile, absentee voters who prefer to vote using a ballot box must deliver the envelopes and documents described above in person to the Consular Sections or Posts where they are registered, or to the locations provided for that purpose, from 20 to 22 May. For this procedure, the consular official will ask that voters prove their identity with a valid legal document (DNI, passport, certificate of nationality or of registration in the Consular Register) and that they show and hand in one of the certificates of registration in the roll of absent residents that they previously received.

Regardless of the voting method selected, it is of utmost importance to the validity of the ballot that the envelope clearly shows a postmark or other official postal or consular marking certifying that the ballot has been submitted to official agencies within the statutory deadline.