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, http://englishtimeadeje.com/where-to-vote-on-may-25th/)
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.