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RIGHT TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT OF THE ITALIAN CITIZENS RESIDING ABROAD

Date:

03/24/2005


RIGHT TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT OF THE ITALIAN CITIZENS RESIDING ABROAD

The following letter from the competent Directorate General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is addressed to the members of our community abroad in anticipation of the upcoming referendum and with the intention of providing timely information:

 

 

Dear fellow Italian,

 

Let me remind you that VOTING is your RIGHT, and one that is protected by the Italian Constitution, and that as a resident abroad you can vote by absentee ballot according to the Law of 27 December 2001 No. 459.

You can vote in political elections (i.e. to elect the 12 Italian Deputies and 6 Senators of the Italian Parliament from among the candidates running in the foreign jurisdiction) and in popular referendums.

All Italian citizens residing abroad and being of legal age (18 years for the elections to the Chamber of Deputies and 25 for the Senate elections), and enrolled on the electoral lists of the FOREIGN JURISDICTION, can vote.

I would like to point out that if you move permanently abroad it is your DUTY to inform your Consulate of anything affecting your civil or electoral status.

So please check immediately that all your civil status data (name, surname, date and place of birth, address, etc.) are correctly included in your Consulate file, and that of the AIRE of the Italian municipality where you were last a resident (you can do this by going to your Consulate).

In order to keep both Consulate as well as Italian municipality files up to date it is INDISPENSIBLE that you always and immediately inform the Consulate of any variation in civil status or address.

 

IF YOU DO NOT CHECK AND UPDATE YOUR CIVIL STATUS AND ADDRESS AT YOUR CONSULATE YOU RUN THE RISK OF NOT RECEIVING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT ENVELOPE IN THE MAIL.

 

AND WHAT IF YOU PREFER TO VOTE IN ITALY IN YOUR MUNICIPALITY?

 

You may do so, but you absolutely must COMMUNICATE this choice in writing to your Consulate.

Communication of this choice is to be written on plain blank paper (online form is also available)

Your choice of voting in Italy is valid for one election or referendum only.Every time there is an election or referendum you will have to repeat this communication in writing if you wish to vote in Italy.

If you choose to vote in Italy and send your written choice to the Consulate, I would also remind you to check personally that it has been received in time by the Consulate, i.e. within 10 days following that of the announcement of the voting.

Once you have communicated your CHOICE to vote in Italy to the Consulate, you will receive a postcard at home from your municipality allowing you to exercise your right to vote in the electoral polls in Italy. 

In political elections you may vote only for the candidates running in the jurisdiction associated with the national electoral board in which your are enrolled, i.e. for the candidates running in Italy and not those running abroad in the geographical divisions of the Foreign Jurisdiction.

I would also like to remind you that in case you choose to come back to Italy to vote the law does NOT cover any type of reimbursement of travel expenses, only fare reductions.

You can also REVOKE your choice of voting in Italy by written communication, on plain blank paper, to be sent or delivered to the Consulate within the same deadline foreseen above.


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