European Elections Spain – foreign resident vote doubles

Today’s edition of El Pais publishes a small article today about non-Spanish EU voters. European Union nationals can choose to vote in local and European elections and a total of 129,989 non-spanish European residents in Spain will vote in this month’s European Elections, compared to just 64,900 in the last European elections almost five years ago.

According to sources from the Interior Ministry quoted by El Pais, the total census of European citizens with the right to vote (i.e. those registered in a Spanish locality) is in fact much higher – 700,960 – but to be able to vote in Spain in either European or local elections, EU nationals have to have express their wish to do so within the time limit established beforehand. Nearly 130,000 have done so prior to these elections, and will be able to vote in two weeks time.

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