Municipal and European Parliament elections are due to be held in Spain on 26 May 2019.
WHO WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE?
In addition to adult Spaniards, citizens from the following countries will be able to vote:
European Union member States, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Ecuador, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as from other countries setting up agreements in the future and who are resident in Spain and who are aged 18 or over on that day.
To exercise your right to vote it is essential that you are registered on the Electoral Roll [Censo Electoral].
NATIONALS FROM EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES
European citizens must first of all state their intention to vote in order to exercise that right.
- IF YOU HAVE ALREADY STATED YOUR INTENTION TO VOTE IN PREVIOUS MUNICIPAL
ELECTIONS and you are still registered as a resident [empadronado] in your town, you do NOT need to do anything, as you will still be on the Electoral Roll.
- IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AS A RESIDENT BUT YOU HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY STATED YOUR INTENTION TO VOTE, you will have to make a formal statement of your intent to exercise your right to vote by going to the Town Hall where you are registered. You must complete this procedure before 30 January 2019.
The Electoral Roll Office [Oficina del Censo Electoral] has posted a letter to all citizens who have not stated their intention to vote and who have registered as residents after September 2013. If you have received this letter you can complete the formal statement in the letter and send it to the provincial branch of the Electoral Roll Office [Delegación Provincial de la Oficina de Censo Electoral].
Or, if you have a Foreign National’s Identification Number (NIE), along with your letter you will have received an online procedure password [Claves de Tramitación Telemática (CTT)] which you can use to make your statement of intent via the internet, by accessing the National Statistics Institute [Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE)] electronic office: Referencia de hipervínculo no válida.
UNIDAD DE CIUDADANOS EXTRANJEROS CIUDADANOS EXTRANJEROS].
Foreign Nationals’ Unit [Unidad de Ciudadanos Extranjeros]. Avda. Federico Soto 4, entlo. 03001. Alicante. Tel: 9188.8.131.52 E‐mail: email@example.com
- IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED AS A RESIDENT and you live in Spain, you must go to your Town Hall to register and make your statement of intent to vote using the forms available at the Town Hall.
All these procedures must be completed before 30 January.
More information: at Town Halls, at the provincial branch of the Electoral Roll Office in Alicante: C/ México 20 (03008) and on telephone number 901 101 900.
Non‐European community citizens who already applied for registration on the Electoral Roll prior to the 2015 elections must complete the procedure once again in order to vote in the 2019 elections.
The Department of Foreign Citizens at Diputación de Alicante has also produced a simple video which explains the procedure for foreign citizens, both from EU and non-EU countries, of the requirements and procedures to be able to vote in the next municipal elections on May 26th, 2019.