What Venezuelans Need to Know About Voting in the U.S.
Due to the death of President Hugo Chávez on March 5, Venezuela will hold a new presidential election on April 14, 2013. The National Electoral Council (CNE), the independent branch of government in charge of elections, abided by the Constitution and called for a new election within 30 days, which it announced on March 9. Eight candidates will be on the ballot.
What do you need to vote?To exercise the right to vote abroad, Venezuelans over 18 years of age must appear in the voter list of the corresponding diplomatic mission or consulate. After verifying eligibility, the only document needed to vote is a laminated Venezuelan identity card; either current or expired cards suffice. Voting and vote counting abroad use a manual system.
When will the electoral tables be installed?
The electoral tables will be installed on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (local time for whatever city the diplomatic mission or consulate is located in).
Electoral table constitutive act: will begin as of 5:00 a.m. an April 14, 2013 (local time for whatever city the diplomatic mission or consulate is located in).
What time will voting take place?
On Sunday, April 14, voting will begin once the electoral table is constituted and will continue uninterrupted from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (local time for whatever city the diplomatic mission or consulate is located in). The electoral table will remain open as long as there are voters in line waiting to cast their ballots.
On the election’s results: It is important to remind everyone that information about the electoral results cannot be released until the National Electoral Council has published its first results.
If you want to learn more about the voting process in diplomatic missions or consulates with ten or more voters, click here.
To visit the special elections section of the website of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, click here.
Press / Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / April 4, 2013