Voting started on Thursday night in New Zealand and Australia on Friday night and will close on Monday, at 7.00 am, with polling stations on the west coast of the United States closed.
The polling stations are open until 21.00 local time, with the possibility of extension until 23.59, for voters who are at the polling station headquarters, as well as for those who are outside the polling station headquarters.
According to the law, Romanian citizens can vote at the polling stations abroad who on the day of the elections are abroad, regardless of the reason for their presence in the territory of another country – domiciled, residents or tourists. Those who wanted to vote at a polling station abroad closer to the house had the opportunity to register with this option on the portal votstrainatate.ro, in this situation there were 33,802 people.
The acts based on which one can vote abroad are: the identity card; the provisional identity card; identity card; diplomatic passport; electronic diplomatic passport; service passport; electronic service passport; simple passport, electronic simple passport; the temporary simple passport; military service card (in the case of students from military schools).
For the second ballot, 4,608,175 ballots and 2,866,260 sticker stamps were sent to the diaspora, based on information from diplomatic and consular missions, the number of ballots being 107,068 higher than the one requested for the first round. polls.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also asked the BEC for the possibility of printing ballots locally in the case of eight polling stations from abroad located in remote areas and where there is a risk that the ballots sent from the country will not reach until November 21 inclusive, as provided. the law. These are polling stations in Canada, Angola, Cuba, Iran Iraq, Syria and Venezuela, sections where the flow of voters in the first round was a small one.
Initially, in this situation, 17 sections could have printed ballots locally, but in the meantime, the election materials have reached sections like Australia or New Zealand.
For these elections, 835 polling stations were organized abroad, their list can be consulted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Most polling stations are in Spain (143, out of 50 in the European Parliament elections), Italy (142, out of 76), Germany (80, out of 25), United Kingdom (72, out of 29), France (50, against 17), USA (38, against 31), Republic of Moldova (37, against 36), Holland (25, against 4), Belgium (23, against 8), Ireland (16, against of 5), Denmark (12, against 7), Austria (17, against 9), Greece (11, against 4 organized), Portugal (9, against 5), Switzerland (8, against 4).
This is almost a triple of the number of sections compared to the similar ballot in 2014 (294 sections) and almost a doubling compared to the ballot in May 2019 (441 sections).
According to the AEP, the total number of Romanian citizens residing abroad who are entitled to vote in the second round is 715,064 persons.
Most Romanians with voting rights abroad are in the Republic of Moldova, respectively over 230,900, and Germany, over 101,000. In Italy, there are over 62,000 Romanians with voting rights, in the United States over 60,000, in Canada over 43,000, in space over 41,000, in Israel over 38,000, in Hungary over 27,000, in France over 19,000, in Austria over 18,000, and in Belgium more than 6,800.
In several countries, there is a Romanian citizen with voting rights, namely Nepal, French Polynesia, Rwanda, Chad, Tajikistan, Comoros, French Guiana, Jamaica, Liberia, and Sri Lanka.
For the first time at a presidential election, this year the Romanian voters with their domicile or residence abroad also have the option to vote in advance, by correspondence, for this option being registered on the portal votstrainatate.ro several 35,917 Romanian citizens.
Another novelty of the presidential elections this year is the use of the computer system to monitor the presence of the vote and prevent the illegal vote (SIMPV), specifying that the polling stations abroad will be equipped with three to nine tablets, these having dual functionality: scanning voter ID and recording their electronic signature.
According to the final data centralized by the Central Electoral Bureau, at the first round of presidential elections, 9,359,673 people voted, representing 51.19% of the total number of those registered on the electoral lists.
675,348 people voted in the diaspora in the first round, 25,319 voters by correspondence.
According to the data transmitted by the BEC, before 3:30 pm, 677,850 persons had voted abroad, of which 660,347 at polling stations and 17,503 by correspondence.
In the first round, there were 675,348 voters in the polls.
Voting in the diaspora takes place in 835 polling stations and continues until Monday, at 7.00 am, when the sections on the west coast of the United States close.