How and where to vote this Sunday

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If you are a citizen of the EU and on the census you are entitled to vote in the Adeje council elections

If you are an EU citizen, or member of a country that has voting agreements with Spain, and are on the electoral register, you are entitled to vote in the local elections this Sunday. Spanish citizens will also be casting their vote for the insular and regional bodies.

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 if you are on the census, but do bring some form of photo identification with you – passport, driving licence with photograph, and residency certificate. Even if they are out of date they should still be accepted as long as they are the originals. Polling stations are open from 9am to 8pm on Sunday May 24th.

Overall 22, 677 are entitled to vote this Sunday in Adeje, an increase of over 3.500, and nearly 3,000 of those are non-Spanish. Four years ago the turnout was 53% or 10,115 persons.

This year the number of electoral tables has increased from 23 to 38 in 12 polling stations. There is, however, no polling station in the Costa Adeje bus station, those voters should present at the Magma Arte & Congresos centre and, as per last year for the European Elections, voters from Playa Paraíso will vote in the Armeñime Cultural Centre.

As this is a list system, you chose the complete list of the party for which you wish to vote. The list and envelope may have already been delivered to your house or you will find it in the polling station, place it in the appropriate envelope – in the case of Europeans the list and envelope is white – and give it to the returning office who will place it in the ballot box. Spanish national are also voting for the Cabildo (green list and envelope) and the regional government (Sepia list and envelope)

Polling stations in Adeje

Adeje Cultural Centre
La Postura Cultural Centre
Fañabé Cultural Centre
Armeñime Cultural Centre
Tijoco La Hoya Cultural Centre
Adeje School of Music and Dance
Security College (Las Nieves)
Magma Arte & Congresos Centre
Callao Salvaje Cultural Centre

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, 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.

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