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Last chance to register your vote for Spain's 2011 elections

Sun 19th Dec 2010

May 22nd 2011 is the date that has been named for the next municipal elections in Spain when residents will be asked to vote for their town's mayor and councillors for the cominhg four year term of office.

Foreigners from within the EU Community are required to be registered on the population census (‘padrón') AND must also express their wish to vote in the Spanish elections. To make the process easier and to inform citizens of their rights the Electoral Census Office (OCE) has sent out letters to many residents. This formal declaration has to be signed and returned to the Census Office or the local town hall, although anyone who has received a letter from the OCE with a password can formally express their desire to vote online, via the National Statistics Institute's website ( More information regarding the process is available from the Foreigners Departments at local town halls (if they should have one).

Residents who have already exprenssed their intentio to vote in Spain and still reside in Spain will maintain their status as voters and do not need to repeat the process again.

Residents from outside the EU Community who have the right to vote are required to sign the electoral census before January 15th. To do this they must already be on the ‘padrón' and have resided legally in this country for at least five years (although this is 3 years for Norway). Such non-EU residents will also be sent letters by the OCE informing them of their right to join the electoral roll.

The official period for all new additions to the electoral roll ends on January 15th 2011.

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