Over 300,000 expats can vote next month
13 April 2007, MADRID - Out of the more than 35 million men and women called to the polls for local elections next month, 318,571 are foreign residents from EU countries and Norway.
13 April 2007
MADRID - Out of the more than 35 million men and women called to the polls for local elections next month, 318,571 are foreign residents from EU countries and Norway.
The election on 27 May is a forerunner of next year's general elections.
The El Sur daily in Malaga reports British residents make the largest group of foreigners that have registered to vote in Spain with a total of 84,018.
They are followed in number by 58,611 Rumanians, eligible to vote as EU members for the first time this year, and 42,191 Germans.
The electoral district with the most foreign voters on its census is Alicante with 62,264, followed by Madrid, with 38,022; Malaga, with 31,519; and Barcelona with 28,356.
The electoral rolls are on public display in town Halls or municipal offices all over the country until Monday April 16th, which is the deadline for all claims concerning mistakes or omissions.
Benalmádena, on the Costa del Sol, is the first town in Spain to offer residents the option of consulting their census of voters by internet, text message or PDA.
The local councillor for New Techology, Manuel Navarrete, explained residents can visit the website www.benalmadena.es and click on Censo Electoral 2007.
Or they can go to www.benalmadena.es/movil via their mobile phone or PDA, or send a text message: BEN CENSO (DNI number) to 5525.
Subject: Spanish news