The Council of Ministers approved on March 28 the Royal Decree calling the municipal elections and the assemblies of Ceuta and Melilla. In addition, the autonomous communities of Aragon, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Ceuta, the Valencian Community, Extremadura, Illes Balears, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, and La Rioja have also approved their electoral calls with their calendars and corresponding deadlines for candidates to present themselves to their autonomous parliaments. Want vote in these elections but you will not have availability? This is how you vote by mail.
Deadline to request a vote by mail
Voters who choose to vote by mail may request until May 18 (inclusive) the corresponding “Certificate of your registration in the Electoral Census”. Obtaining this certificate is an essential requirement to be able to vote by correspondence.
Correos will deliver the applications received at the Provincial Delegations of the Electoral Census Office, who as of May 8 are sending applicants the necessary documentation so that they can vote by mail. He vote deposit period by mail will end on May 24, 2023.
Once your application to vote by mail has been received and you have chosen the postal address where you want to receive the electoral documentation (it can be your home or another place where it is easier to locate you, such as your place of work), the Electoral Census Office will send you the following documentation to the indicated address:
One ballot from each of the political formations that are presented to each of the summoned processes. A voting envelope for each process The certificate of registration in the census. An envelope with the information of your polling station. An explanatory sheet.
How to apply to vote by mail?
If you have one nearby post Office, you must pick up the application form at the offices, where it has been available since April 4. This request must be made personally by each voter, except in the case of illness or disability -accredited by official medical certification- that prevents the personal formulation of said request. If this is the case, it can be presented on behalf of the voter by another person authorized by a notary or consular authority.
Taking into account that there may be a lot of fuss in your office, you can make an appointment. In order to streamline procedures and avoid waiting, Correos offers the possibility of booking an appointment through the app, the Correos website or the Virtual Office. To do this, the voter only has to select the office available by appointment and, finally, choose the day and time that best suits you.
You can also submit the application to vote by mail via the web, without having to go to a post office in person. To do this you will have to authenticate yourself with the electronic ID or a valid digital certificate. In this application model, which avoid displacementsthe interested party must accredit his personality by means of an electronic signature and accepting as valid identification systems the natural person certificates recognized by the Ministry of Industry and the electronic DNI (DNI-e).
If you already have your necessary documentation for voting by mail, after having received it at the chosen address, choose the ballot for each process in which you are going to vote and insert it in the corresponding voting envelope (or do not include the ballot if you decide to vote in white). Remember to follow these guidelines so that the vote counts correctly.
Insert the voting envelope or envelopes and the certificate of registration in the census inside the envelope on which the address of your polling station is written. Do not insert any document proving your identity inside the voting envelope, because in this case your vote would be considered invalid by the table. Take this envelope to a post office and send it by certified mail in any case before the third day before the elections are held. Shipping is free. In the office it is necessary to present the original valid ID.
Election day, Correos will send all the envelopes containing the votes by mail to the polling stations from 9 in the morning to 8 in the evening so that they end up in the urn as if you had deposited it there yourself.