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Venezuela's Electoral Registry Grows to 18.4 Million Voters

During the month of January of this year, 69,981 Venezuelans registered to vote, bringing the total electorate up to 18,406,244. The figure includes 208,900 foreign nationals residing in Venezuela and 72,944 Venezuelans living abroad.

According to comments yesterday by the rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Sandra Oblitas, there were also 2,681 deaths reported in January affecting the voter registry.

The registration process closes on April 15 for those that wish to vote in this year’s presidential elections on October 7 and regional elections on December 16.

Throughout Venezuela, 1,300 mobile stations have been set up where citizens can join the electoral registry.

Voter Registration Abroad

The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC, and all other Venezuelan consulates in the U.S. are serving as voter registration centers and voting stations. These consulates offer Venezuelan citizens over age 18 the opportunity to join the electoral registry (for new voters) or change their address and polling station (for those previously registered). Subsequently, citizens must constantly check on the CNE website the status of her or his registration.

According to articles 124 and 13 of the Organic Law on Electoral Processes, to join the electoral registry or update one’s information, individuals must present their laminated government-issued ID card (whether valid or expired), Venezuelan passport (valid) and a document demonstrating legal residence abroad.

These services are free of charge, must be done in person, and do not require an appointment.

Services for the Handicapped

In Venezuela, the CNE is undertaking a campaign to survey handicapped individuals and add them to the electoral registry in order to ensure that they are able to exercise their right to vote.

The process is the same one used for any other citizen upon joining the electoral registry, but the CNE asks to be informed of any impairment of motor skills.

CNE Rector Sandra Oblitas said that 9,000 handicapped people nationwide have already registered to vote.

The CNE is working with the National Council of Disabled Persons to identify types of disabilities and ways in which this sector of the population can be given the proper support.

AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / February 28, 2012

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