How to vote

From Spain

*CENTRAL ELECTORAL BOARD AGREEMENT:
DEADLINE FOR POSTAL VOTE EXTENDED TO 21 MAY 2015

Activities Dates
Requests for postal votes From 31 March to 14 May
Remittance of electoral roll registration certificate and electoral documentation for postal vote by the Electoral Roll Office From 4 to 17 May
Remittance of postal vote to Electoral Tables by voters. From 4 to 21 May*

WHO IS ENTITLED TO A POSTAL VOTE?

For the upcoming elections on 24 May 2015, voters who are not going to be in the location where they exercise their right to vote can vote by post.

Those voters who, due to illness or physical disability, cannot vote in person are also entitled to request a postal vote.

Once voters have requested a postal vote they may not vote in person.

HOW DO I GET A POSTAL VOTE?

a) Application

Postal votes may be requested between 31 March and 14 May, both included.

The request must be made in person by the voters in question, who must fill in the postal vote request form that can be found at any Post Office.

In the event of illness or disability (which must be accredited via an official medical certificate), the request may be made by a representative on behalf of the voter. The application cannot include more than one voter, nor can the same person represent more than one voter.

All these documents are free.

b) Where to submit the application.

The filled-in and signed request may be submitted at any Post Office. The Post Office employee responsible for receiving it shall ask voters for their D.N.I. (Spanish Identity Document). Photocopies will not be permitted.

Applications for a postal vote will not be valid if sent by ordinary post.

c) Time period for requesting a postal vote.

Postal votes may be requested between 31 March and 14 May 2015, both included. However, voters who are thinking about voting by post should request it as soon as possible.

d) Voting by post.

Between 4 May and 17 May 2015 the Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office shall send the following documentation by certified post to the address indicated in the postal vote request:

  • Certificate of registration in the electoral roll.
  • Envelope addressed to The Chairperson of the corresponding Electoral Table.
  • An envelope marked "Elecciones a la Asamblea de Madrid - 24 de Mayo de 2015".
  • A ballot for each of the candidates for the Assembly of Madrid.
  • An instruction sheet.

On receipt of this documentation, the ballot paper corresponding to the candidacy selected shall be inserted into the voting envelope marked: "Elecciones a la Asamblea de Madrid 24 de Mayo de 2015". Voters must put the following into the envelope addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Table:

  • The certificate of registration on the electoral roll.
  • The voting envelope marked "Elecciones a la Asamblea de Madrid 24 de Mayo de 2015".

Receipt of the electoral documentation sent by the Electoral Roll Office must be acknowledged by the voter in person, in accordance with article 73.2 of the Organic Law on the General Electoral System (LOREG) "The accreditative acknowledgement of receipt of the aforementioned documentation must be personally signed by the voter, having previously accredited his/her identity". The presence of the voter is required at two different times: to personally request the postal vote at the post office, except in the event of illness or disability; and again to receive the electoral documentation (ballots and electoral roll certificate).

e) Sending a postal vote

The following must be taken into consideration when sending in the postal vote:

  • It is important to put the certificate of registration in the electoral roll into the envelope addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Table.
  • This envelope does not require postage, but must be sent by certified post. The last day to send it is 20 May 2015.