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Correos assimilates a record of 2,6 million requests to vote by mail for the general elections

Laura Rangel Ybarra

July 17, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.

General elections: Correos breaks record

Post, the state postal operator of Spain, has assumed a record number of requests for absentee ballot for the next general elections on July 23. A total of 2.622.808 applications have been admitted, an unprecedented number, evidence of the growing preference of Spaniards for this type of vote.

High number of face-to-face and online applications

Requests in person at the Post Office network reached 1.924.976, while electronic requests, made through the Correos website with electronic signature, totaled 697.832. These figures are 94,71% and 80,45% higher, respectively, than the applications admitted for the 2019 and 2016 general elections. This increase in applications indicates a change in the way citizens choose to exercise their right to vote.

Logistical challenges and Correos commitment

Correos has deployed all the necessary technological, logistical and human resources to handle this volume of requests. Shipments with electoral documentation are being sent to the address provided by the voter. The voter has until July 20 to deposit the envelope with their vote at any Post Office in Spain.

In the event that the voter does not receive his electoral documentation, he can request that it be forwarded to a different address or to another Post Office. The shipment registration number also allows the voter to verify their situation through the locator on the Correos website.

Instructions for the deposit of the vote

To deposit the vote by mail, the applicant must appear in person at a Post Office, identify themselves and submit the necessary documentation. People who cannot attend in person can authorize another person to deposit your vote, presenting an authorization document and copies of the identity documents of both parties.

Female voter depositing her ballot by mail at a Post Office.
A voter participates in the electoral process by depositing her ballot by mail at a Post Office.

Correos recommends that citizens who wish to exercise their right to vote by mail do not wait until the last day and take advantage of the extended hours of post offices to cast their vote as soon as possible.

Beyond voting by mail

The collaboration of Correos with the General Elections extends beyond voting by mail. Correos has already distributed the census cards and is distributing electoral propaganda shipments. In addition, it has hired 20.240 temporary employees since May 30 to handle the increased workload.

Correos has undertaken to guarantee compliance with its obligations during electoral processes, putting all its resources at the service of the process. This commitment and the efficient use of its resources will allow Correos to manage this record of requests for postal votes efficiently and guarantee a transparent and effective electoral process.

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