The European elections take part in Italy on 26 May 2019. Anyone aged 18 or over is eligible to vote. It’s also possible to vote from abroad if certain conditions are met.
In Italy, voters must vote in a specific polling station (indicated on the electoral card) based on their home address. Special conditions to allow voters to vote in sections other than their own may apply: for example, hospital in-patients, voters with disabilities preventing them from leaving their home or detainees.
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 votes obtained by the party.
Italy 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.
The lists of candidates should be presented for each constituency 39 or 40 days before election day. between the 40th and the 39th days prior to election Day. Before that, between the 49th and the 48th days prior to the election, the symbol of each list of candidates should have been submitted to the national authority (Ministry of Interiors). By the 36th day prior to election day, the electoral office of each constituency decides on the admissibility of the lists. The poster with all candidates listed below the relevant symbol, will be printed by the competent national authority and distributed to all municipalities to be displayed in the reserved spaces within the 8th day before the vote.