You only have a few days left to make sure that you are on the electoral roll if you want to vote in next year’s local elections?
Maybe you think it’s not up to you to elect the next local government, it a ‘Spanish’ matter – but if you are living here, registered here on the ‘padrón’, paying taxes here and are raising a family or running a business here, it is your concern and you do have a say – but only if you register on the census before December 30th.
If you are an EU citizen you can vote in the local elections here in May 2015, but you must be over 18, be on the padrón and have actively indicated your wish to vote. And remember, being on the padron/resident register and the census are two separate things, and must be signed separately. If you have lived here for a while, and have not voted in previous European or local elections, chances are you are not on the census. To get yourself on just take your passport and residency certificate (originals) to the Adeje Town Hall, go to the information desk in the front, and tell them you wish to register on the census. There is usually someone there who speaks English and the process is free, quick and painless, and will ensure that you have the right to vote next year.
The offices in Adeje are open to the public from Monday to Friday, 8am-2pm. Currently Britons represent the largest number of registered EU nationals on the Adeje padrón with over 6,200 followed by Italy, Germany and France.