On September 26th
The nine Venezuelan consulates in the United States are ready for the legislative elections set to take place on September 26. The offices in the cities of Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco and Puerto Rico have received the election materials and will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or until all voters have cast their ballots.
Figures from the National Electoral Council (CNE) show that a total of 25.903 Venezuelan are registered to vote in the U.S., representing 0.14% of total electorate (17 million).
According to the Consuls-General, each of its branches has the logistical material and human capital to assist Venezuelans who decide to exercise their right to vote during this election.
Venezuelans living abroad may vote for the election of 12 representatives to the Latin American Parliament, including an indigenous representative. The Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) is a permanent regional body comprising representatives of the legislatures of the countries of Latin America. This organization aims to promote, harmonize and address the movement toward regional integration.
What Do You Need to Vote?
To exercise the right to vote on September 26, it is only necessary to present the Venezuelan identity card known as a Cédula de Identidad (even if it is expired), be registered in the Voter Registry and appear in the notebook for voting. See here for where to vote.
Election Day will be held without interruption in the nine consulates located in the U.S., from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. or until all voters in line have exercised their right to vote.
The CNE plans to install 210 polling stations in 126 Venezuelan diplomatic missions in various parts of the world.
According to the Electoral Commission, a total of 57,010 Venezuelans are registered to vote abroad. The embassies that have the largest number of voters are the U.S. city of Miami (16, 006 voters) and the Spanish cities of Tenerife (3,155), Barcelona (2,612), and Madrid (2,539).
For more information about the voting process in the U.S. for parliamentary elections this September 26 click here.
Press-Embassy of Venezuela in the United States / September 16, 2010