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Euskadi breaks record in voting by mail

Laura Rangel Ybarra

July 13, 2023 | 2:00 p.m.

A record number of applications to vote by mail

El absentee ballot is reaching historic figures in Euskadi. The electoral call of July 23, in the middle of summer, has led to a flood of requests in the offices of mails. The latest figures available at 12:00 p.m. this Wednesday showed 198.207 applications submitted. Considering that there is still a deadline until tomorrow and that the electoral census offices are receiving a daily average of 5.000 requests, it is probable that Euskadi far exceeds 200.000 requests.

Bizkaia leads the request for votes by mail

Bizkaia leads this phenomenon. He 13,1% of the census, double the national average, has requested to vote by mail. To date, there are 117.641 applications, four times more than in the municipal and regional elections in May. Voting by mail has increased by 405%.

The figures in Álava and Gipuzkoa

In Álava, 28.404 applications have been registered, representing 11,3% of the census. In Gipuzkoa, 52.162 voters have chosen to vote by mail, that is, 9,4% of the census. Although it is the Basque territory with the lowest percentage, it is almost three points higher than the state average of 6,7%.

Vote-by-mail envelopes for the elections in Euskadi.
Voting by mail reaches historic figures in the Basque Country, with a large increase in applications in all provinces.

Correos extends hours due to the increase in requests

Due to the avalanche of requests, Correos has been forced to hire more staff and to extend its opening hours to the public in an extraordinary way. As of this Thursday, Post Offices will remain open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 22:00 p.m., and during the weekend between 09:00 a.m. and 14:00 p.m., both on Saturday and on Sunday.

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