People can ask to vote in the election by post until Friday

THE DEADLINE for voters in Slovakia’s general election is coming close: January 15 is the last day when they can ask to be registered and allowed to cast their vote by post.

Election, illustrative stock photoElection, illustrative stock photo (Source: Sme)

It is clear from the applications sent so far that voters do not quite understand who to send their request to. The crucial point is whether they do, or do not have permanent residence in Slovakia.

Voters who are not in the territory of Slovakia on election day must – if they have permanent residence in Slovakia – ask the municipality in which they have their permanent residence to be allowed to cast a vote by post. This request must be delivered electronically or in written form to municipal authorities at least 50 days before the election (i.e. January 15).

If the voter does not have permanent residence in Slovakia, they must ask the Interior Ministry for permission in the same way (i.e. electronically or in written form), with the electronic address being volby@minv.sk, the Sme daily wrote.

In both cases, the request must include the person's name and surname along with their birth registration number, date of birth, and address abroad. If the voter does not have permanent residence in Slovakia, they must add a declaration on oath that they have no permanent residence in Slovakia, a photo-copy of the part of their Slovak travel document (ID card or passport) with personal data, or a photocopy of a certificate confirming Slovak citizenship.

The voter will be sent a returnable envelope within 35 days, by the municipal office or Interior Ministry, to their address abroad. They also get ballot papers and instructions on how to cast a vote. They also gets an envelope with the inscription „VOĽBA POŠTOU“ (vote by post), with the address of the municipal office or ministry.  

The voter can circle four candidates at most on one ballot, showing their preferences. Afterwards, he or she puts the ballot into the envelope which must be put into the returnable envelope and sent to the correct authority, according to the daily. 

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