European Elections – How To Vote

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Spain uses the D’Hondt Method for allocating seats

If you are a citizen of the EU and have registered on both the local ‘padrón’ and census you are entitled to cast your ballot on Sunday May 25th in the European Elections here in Spain. Remember however you can only vote once in the European Elections, so if you are planning to be, for example, in the UK to vote earlier in the week legally you cannot also vote here in Spain.

Spain will elect 54 deputies to the European Parliament.

You should have received a polling card through the post telling you where your polling station is – however if you have not received such a card you are still able to vote but may need to check where your polling station is by contacting the town hall. There have been some changes to voting stations, most notably for voters in Playa Paraíso and Costa Adeje. (More information regarding these changes can be found on the Adeje English Time blog page,
Polling stations are open from 9am to 8pm on Sunday May 25th. Bring some form of photo identification with you – Spanish national identity card, passport, drivers licence if it has a photograph, residency certificate. Officially the document doesn’t have to been in date, but must be the original. Once your turn comes you will approach the table and identify yourself to the officers. Unlike in some other countries you won’t be handed a ballot paper, instead in the pooling booth itself you will find a series of lists of candidates. Spain votes using the D’Hondt Method of allocating seats using a list system, in other words the political parties have already chosen the list of candidates who will represent them. Those lists are printed off and placed in the booths with the names of the parties at the top of each list and the candidates underneath. You cast your ballot by choosing one of the lists, placing it in the envelope and then in the ballot box at the electoral table.

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Where to Vote on May 25th


There have been some changes in polling station allocations

If you are voting for the first time on May 25th in the European Elections – you must be on the census to do so – you will need to know which polling station you are required to attend to vote, and should have received an official communication telling you where to go. However if you haven’t received this letter but have registered on the census you are still entitled to vote.
If you have voted before do still take note as there have been some important changes, in particular for residents in Playa Paraíso and Costa Adeje. While you have probably received a leaflet outlining the changes and listing the streets and the polling station allocation, here are the most important changes.

Playa Paraíso
In previous elections residents of Playa Paraíso voted in the Callao Salvaje Cultural Centre, however this year there are changes, due to the creation of a new electoral section, ‘sección 17’. Voters who live in the following streets will now vote in the Armeñime station:

Armeñime Cultural Centre Polling Station
Sección 17 tables U
• Adeje 300,– the whole street
• Aljibe, (El) , the whole street
• Andenes, (Los) , 1- 13
• Galgas, (Las), 1- 18
• Horno, (El), the whole street
• Idafe, 1-59
• Ladera (La), 1- 20
• Loma (La), the whole street
• Pinque, (El), the whole street
• Playa Paraiso, 1- 101
• Vega, (La), 1- 31
• Vera, (La), 1- 21

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Costa Adeje
There are a number of changes for residents in Costa Adeje from Playa las Américas to San Eugenio Alto, due to the creation of a new ‘seccíon 18’. Therefore people who might have voted previously in the Magma Arte y Congresses centre may find they are now voting in the Costa Adeje (Las Américas) Bus Station or the Miraverde Cultural Centre. Check below for your street name and number.

Miraverde Cultural Centre
Sección 18, tables A-B
• Andorra, the whole street
• Aragon, the whole street
• Asturias, 1- 99
• Atenas, 1-99, 2-98
• Baleares, 2-20, 1-23
• Beirut, 1- 2
• Berna, 1-10
• Cantabria, the whole street
• Ceuta, the whole street
• Dublin, the whole street
• Extremadura, the whole street
• Galicia, the whole street
• Ifonche, 1-44
• Lisboa, 1-44
• Madroñal, 26-60, 67
• Melilla, the whole street
• Murcia, the whole street
• Navarra, the whole street
• Rioja, (La), the whole street

Costa Adeje Bus Station
Sección 7, tables A-B
• Antonio Navarro
• Argentina, 1-4
• Bolivia, 1-4
• Bruselas (De), 1-11
• Colon, (De) the whole street
• Comarcal, 2 -26, 1-45
• Cuba, 1-4
• Ernesto Sarti, the whole street
• España, (De) the whole street
• Eugenio Dominguez Afonso, 1-4
• Gran Bretaña, the whole street
• Guatemala, the whole street
• Londres, 1-4
• Paraguay, the whole street
• Paris, 1-14
• Pueblos (De los), the whole street
• Rafael Puig Lluvinia, the whole street
• Republica de Panama, the whole street
• Roma, 1-6
• Uruguay, the whole street
• V Centenario, the whole street
• Valencia, 1-6
• Venezuela, the whole street

Sección 11 table U
Alemania, 2-18, 1-9
• Austria, the whole street
• Caldera, (La), the whole street
• Cataluña, 1-16
• Diario de Avisos, 1-17
• Dinamarca, 1-17, 2-4
• Europa, the whole street
• Finlandia, the whole street
• Francia, the whole street
• Grecia, 1-7
• Irlanda, the whole street
• Islandia, 1-4
• Italia, 1-6
• Madrid, the whole street
• Noruega, 1-7, 2-4
• Pais Vasco, the whole street
• Paises Bajos, 1-3, 2-6
• Pasaje de Austria, 1-99
• Portugal, 1-10
• Suecia, the whole street
• Suiza, the whole street
• Vista Bella, 1-12

If you are still unsure or have more questions, you can check with the council by phone, 922 756200, or 922 531750.

Your voice in Europe, your vote on May 25th


EU citizens have the right to vote in their European country of residence

If you are a European citizen you have the right (and many would say duty) to vote in the upcoming European elections, which are taking place on May 25th, 2014 in Spain. But if you’re not registered, your voice won’t be heard.

You might think that what happens in Brussels or Strasbourg is too far away to affect us here in the Canary Islands, but nothing could be further from the truth. Increasingly, what happens at European level has a direct impact on our daily lives, particularly given the Canary Island’s status as an ‘ultra-peripheral region’ and every vote counts.
The closing date for inclusion on the electoral register is January 3oth.

Who can vote?
Citizens from the following countries, resident here in Adeje, are eligible to vote: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden.

However, to make sure you can exercise your vote you must be registered on the electoral census and the residents register – the ‘Padrón’– and have indicated your wish to vote in Spain in these European elections – this is to ensure that you don’t vote in more than one country. (Elections are taking place over a number of days, so theoretically it would be possible).
The Electoral Census office have sent letters to many European citizens who have not already signed on the electoral census. However, if you haven’t received any communication but would like to vote, call into the Adeje citizens bureau (OAC) in the Town Hall and say you wish to register on the electoral census for the right to vote. You must be on the municipal residents register (Padrón) to do so. If you are not on the Padrón you can do this at the same time. You will need to bring your passport and your resident’s certificate ensuring that your address is up to date. There will also be a short period of time, still to be determined, after the closing date, when you can check that your details have been properly registered.

As times are changing, so are we. Since the last European elections, the rules of the game have changed. The European Parliament now has more power, both to set the political direction of Europe and over the day-to-day decisions which affect us all. A more powerful European Parliament means more influence for everyone, more ability to deal with our problems, more ability to change what needs changing, more assertiveness to conserve what we want to keep. Your vote really counts, so make sure you have it, and use it.

(Photos: European Parliament)

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