Your voice, your vote!

The following is a summary of information received from the Electoral Census office regarding elections for local Council and European Parliament elections in May 2019

On 26 May 2019 European Union (EU) voters EU citizens may vote in Council (Town Hall) and European Parliament elections in Spain if they express their intent to do so. The deadline to confirm your intention to vote in Spain ends on 30 January 2019.

To be clea,r nationals from EU countries living in Spain and from those countries who have signed an Accord with reciprocal rights have that right to vote.   The national office has sent this information to local Town Halls:Residents from EU member states:Residents of EU member states resident here in Spain who meet the standard requirements to vote (age, etc.) have the right to participate in local and European elections here in Spain.

Although the United Kingdom has expressed its intent to leave the EU on 30 March 2019, the Electoral Census Office (ECO) has not excluded its citizens from the electoral roll for the municipal elections, as well as for the European Parliament elections. However, their inclusion will cease to have effect if the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 30 March 2019.

EU nationals resident in Adeje

In the coming weeks the Electoral Census Office will send a written notice/letter to EU citizens resident here.  In general these will be sent to EU citizens on the ‘Padrón’ (resident register) but who have not voted in the past nor have signed the formal declaration of their desire to be on the census. The letter should include a formula whereby people can indicate online their intention to vote.  Alternatively you can call into the Adeje Town Hall and sign the relevant paperwork there.
You can also use your NIE number to sign up online on https://sede.ine.gob.es though you will need an electronic certificate to use this method, or use the special CTT (telematics communication number that is in the letter that you have received from the Census office), or you can send your signed intent to vote by post to the Census office – follow the instructions in the letter.
Those already registered in the electoral roll after having expressed their intent to vote in Spain maintain their voter status and shouldn’t need to make a new declaration, until they request their removal or cease to reside in Spain.
All this is assuming you are already on the local Padrón.  If not, you have until January 30th 2019 to register both as a resident and a voter.

Nationals resident in Adeje from countries with a reciprocal voting Accord

If you are resident in Adeje and from a non-EU country but one that has a reciprocal voting agreement with Spain and you meet the standard voting requirements, you can ask to be on the census for the May 2019 local elections. Countries that currently have such an agreement are Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Ecuador,Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

General voting requirements

The general voting requirements for all those who wish to vote are:

  •  That you are over 18 years of age and haven’t had your official right to vote take away
  • That you are on the Adeje ‘Padrón’ (resident register)
  • That you have authorised Spanish residency
  • That you have lived legally in Spain for the requisite time depending on the agreement with your country of origin. If required a certificate can be obtained from the National Police offices.