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HOW TO VOTE in Hungary

The European elections take part in Hungary on 26 May 2019. Anyone aged 18 or over can cast a vote provided they have a domicile in Hungary. It’s also possible to vote abroad if certain conditions are met.

The electorate can vote for the Hungarian Members of the European Parliament on May 26th, between 6:00am and 7:00pm.

Voters with a Hungarian domicile have to vote at the polling station of their residence. The location of the polling station is in the letter of advice, which will arrive by the beginning of April.

Voters with a Hungarian domicile wishing to cast their vote at a polling station, different to that of their residence have to submit a request for voting at another polling station personally, by post or online no later than 4:00pm, on May 22nd (Wednesday).

Voters with a Hungarian domicile can cast their vote at a Hungarian embassy or consulate on election day as well. Voters are required to submit their requests to vote from abroad personally, by post or online (www.valasztas.hu) to their national electoral authorities no later than 4:00pm, on May 17th (Friday).

To be eligible to vote in the European Elections a voter has to be at least 18 years old on election day and has not been disqualified from voting by a judicial decision.

Voters will elect 21 Parliament members in 2019, the same as in the 2014 elections.

Voting eligible nationals with a Hungarian domicile do not have to register; they will automatically be registered on the electoral roll.

Nationals eligible to vote without a domicile either in Hungary or in another EU Member State, wishing to cast their vote in the European Elections have to register in the electoral roll no later than 4:00pm, on May 1st (Wednesday).

Important: Those not having a domicile in Hungary but registered in previous elections (in the 2014 European Elections or in the 2018 national elections) to the electoral roll do not have to re-register; their registration is still valid. However, if the data given in the previous registration changed (e.g.: different address) it has to be declared. Registered voters without a domicile in Hungary can vote by post.

Non- Hungarian national citizens of the European Union residing in Hungary have the possibility to vote for a list of Hungarian parties in the European Elections. To exercise their voting rights, non-nationals residing in Hungary need to formally express their wish to participate in the elections no later than 4:00pm, on May 10th (Friday).

Registration is possible only in the two, mentioned cases either personally, by post or online (www.valasztas.hu).

An identification document (valid ID card, passport or driving licence) and a residence card.

Only successfully registered voters without a Hungarian domicile can vote by post.

No.

Yes, you can vote, but you have to register in the electoral roll no later than 4:00pm, on May 10th (Friday).

Hungary’s territory forms a single constituency, meaning that voters cast their votes on the same candidate list.

Only those political parties can get mandates that reach the 5% electoral threshold, that is, they gain more than 5% of all the valid votes cast in the constituency concerned.

The election of Members of Parliament must be held in accordance with certain common provisions established by EU law such as proportional representation. It means that the number of elected members from each party depends on the share of electoral votes obtained by the party.

Hungary uses closed lists, which means that the candidates will get mandates based on the order set by national parties and announced on the list preliminarily.

Political parties who wish to stand for the elections have to be obtain the valid endorsement of minimum 20,000 voters by April 19th latest.


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