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HOW TO VOTE IN THE PORTUGUESE ELECTIONS 2024

An unofficial translation of the Received Document

The Official Document can be accessed in it’s original Portuguese at

https://portugueseforum.org.za/2023/12/13/eleicoes-a-assembleia-da-republica-2024/

General Election to the Assembly of the Republic 2024

The ABC of the Voter Abroad

1 – How to register on the electoral roll?

A – All national citizens who turn 17 and hold a Citizen Card are automatically and officially registered provisionally in the electoral roll, at the respective registration commission/post corresponding to the address stated on their identification document. Citizens holding an Identity Card must register in the electoral roll with the Registration Commission/Consular Post in their area of residence, providing proof of residence with a local residency document.

2 – Who can vote?

A – Portuguese citizens over 18 years old who are registered on the Portuguese electoral roll, either within the national territory or abroad, are eligible to vote.

3 – How and where to vote?

A – The right to vote can be exercised either by post or at the location where the citizen is registered, corresponding to the address on their ID card, which, abroad, is the consular post in the area of residence.

4 – What are the voting methods for the Assembly of the Republic?

A – In the Assembly of the Republic election, one can vote:

• by postal ballot, receiving the ballot paper at their residential address;

• in person at the respective registration commission (RC) abroad if this option was chosen before the publication in the Official Gazette of the election day. The option can be changed at any time, except during the period between the day of publication and the election day.

5 – How to find out the polling station for in-person voting?

• through the Internet (https://www.recenseamento.mai.gov.pt)

• by SMS (type the following message: RE <space> civil identification number without check digit <space> date of birth YYYYMMDD example: RE 1444880 19531007 and send it to 3838), within the 15 days before the election day; or

• through the MAI Mobile APP.

6 – What documents are required for in-person voting?

A – On the election day, if opting for in-person voting, one should present themselves to the polling station, providing their name and handing over their civil identification document: ID/CC. The voter card/number has been eliminated. In the absence of identification documents, identification can be done through any other official document with an updated photograph or through two voter citizens who attest, under oath, to their identity or, alternatively, through unanimous recognition by the members of the polling station.

7 – How to vote in person for the Assembly of the Republic?

A – a) On the election day, the citizen should go to the polling station/Consular Post and present their identification document at the voting table; b) The ballot paper is handed to them by the president of the polling station. In the in-person election for the Assembly of the Republic, there are 2 types of ballot papers: the EUROPE circle and the OUTSIDE EUROPE circle, according to the continent where one is located; c) They should then proceed to the voting booth and mark with a cross (X) the square in front of the list or candidate they wish to vote for. If the ballot paper is damaged, return it to the polling station president and request a new one; d) Fold the ballot paper in 4 with the printed part facing inwards. e) They can then return to the polling station and hand the ballot paper to the president, who will place it in the ballot box.

8 – How to vote by postal ballot for the Assembly of the Republic?

A – The Electoral Administration of the MAI sends the necessary documentation to vote to the address indicated in the electoral register, by the fastest postal route, registered. The voter receives a ballot paper where they mark their voting option, a green envelope in which the folded ballot paper should be placed, and a white envelope into which the green envelope and a photocopy of the Citizen Card/Identity Card are inserted, sealed, and returned by post before the election day, to the address indicated on the return envelope. The return/sending of the postal vote is free of charge.

9 – Early voting: who can vote?

A – Early voting is open to all voters registered in the national territory but temporarily abroad in the following situations:

a) by virtue of exercising public functions;

b) by virtue of exercising private functions;

c) when abroad representing the national team officially organized by a sports federation with the status of public sports utility;

d) students, researchers, teachers, and research scholarship holders temporarily abroad in higher education institutions, research units, or equivalent recognized by the competent ministry;

e) patients receiving treatment abroad;

f) citizens living with or accompanying the voters mentioned in the previous points.

10 – When does early voting take place?

A – Early voting takes place between the 12th and the 10th days before the election day, that is, between February 27th and 29th, 2024, at the diplomatic or consular representations previously defined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The citizen must bring their Citizen Card, Identity Card, or another identification document such as a driver’s license or passport. No proof or justification from any entity is required.

DGACCP/COREPE – 06-12-2023.

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