The European elections take part in Croatia on 26 May 2019. Anyone aged 18 or over can cast a vote. It’s also possible to vote abroad if certain conditions are met.
Voters in Croatia have to vote in a specific polling station based on their home address.
To find out your nearest polling booth, check out this website https://biraci.gov.hr/RegistarBiraca/ after the elections will have been officially announced.
Voters with a registered address in Croatia vote at polling stations based on where they live.
However, if a voter is away on election day, it is possible to vote at another polling station in Croatia or abroad provided an application for this was filed with the state administration office at least 10 days before election day (source: Q&A on the webpages of National Elections Commission).
You don’t need to register in advance, as this is done automatically by the authorities. However, if you have changed your home address recently, we advise you to check with the national election authority ( https://biraci.gov.hr/RegistarBiraca/ ) whether your registration on the voting lists is correct.
Under EU law, all countries must use voting systems that ensure proportional representation, which means that the number of elected members from each party depends on the share of electoral votes obtained by the party.
Croatia uses preferential voting, which gives the voters the option to indicate their preferences within the party list they choose. Candidates who receive the most preferences are more likely to be elected.
Candidate lists are submitted by political parties who have to be registered as such on a day when the official decision about the election date was announced. Groups of voters can also submit their lists, provided that they have gathered at least 5,000 signatures for a list. Candidate lists are submitted to the State Electoral Commission, at latest 14 days following the official announcement of the election date (https://www.izbori.hr/site/).