Thursday, February 7, 2013
ITALIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2013 OVERSEAS VOTING BY CORRESPONDENCE
Pursuant to Presidential decree n. 226 of December 22nd, 2012, elections to elect representatives to the Chamber of Deputies and to the Senate of the Republic will be held on February 24th and 25th, 2013. In Italy, voting at the polling stations will take place on Sunday, February 24th (from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and on Monday, February 25th (from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
Outside of Italy, Italian citizens residing abroad who are registered voters in the Overseas District may vote by correspondence. They can do so by casting their vote for the candidates listed on the ballot for the “Circoscrizione Estero” (Overseas District).
All voters residing abroad that opt not to vote in Italy before January 3rd will receive a packet by mail before February 6th from their respective Consular Office containing: an instruction sheet on the voting procedures, the electoral certificate, a ballot (two for voters over the age of 25, therefore eligible to vote also for the Senate), one blank white envelope for the ballots, a stamped envelope bearing the address of the Consular Office of jurisdiction, and the list of candidates for the Electoral Zone of residence.
The stamped envelope containing the ballots, completed as indicated by the instruction sheet, must be sent by mail WITHOUT DELAY in order to reach this Embassy by – and no later than – 4:00 pm (local time) on February 21st.
The vote is personal and secret. Voting more than once or voting on another’s behalf is prohibited. Violators of the law will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Voters who have not received the voting papers by February 10th should contact this Embassy in order to verify their electoral status and, if necessary, request a duplicate.
THE EMBASSY OF ITALY IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION. DETAILED INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.esteri.it
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