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Voting by mail for Italian citizens residing abroad

With April 06, 2022 decrees of the President of the Republic, published on April 07, 2022 in the Official Gazette, the date of the five repeal referendums on justice pursuant to art. 75 of the Constitution.

Please note that voting is a RIGHT protected by the Italian Constitution and that, according to Law no. 459 of 27 December 2001, Italian citizens residing abroad, registered on the electoral roll, can VOTE BY MAIL. To this end, it is therefore recommended to check and regularize your personal and address situation at your consular office of reference.

IT IS POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVELY, FOR VOTERS RESIDING ABROAD AND REGISTERED WITH AIRE, TO CHOOSE TO VOTE IN ITALY AT THEIR MUNICIPALITY OF ELECTORAL REGISTRATION, communicating in writing their choice (OPTION) to the Consular Office by the 10th day following the call for votes. Voters who choose to vote in Italy on the occasion of the next referendum will receive from their respective Italian municipalities the postcard-notice to vote at the polling stations in Italy.
The choice (option) to vote in Italy is valid only for a referendum.
It is reiterated that in any case the option MUST REACH the Consular Office NO LATER THAN TEN DAYS AFTER THAT OF THE CALL FOR VOTES, OR BY 17/04/2022. This communication can be written on plain paper and – to be valid – must contain the name, surname, date, place of birth, place of residence and signature of the voter, accompanied by a copy of an identity document of the declarant.
For this communication you can also use the appropriate form downloadable here or from the website of your Consular Office.

As required by current legislation, it will be the responsibility of the voters to verify that the notice of option sent by mail has been received in good time by their Consular Office.
The choice to vote in Italy can be subsequently REVOKED with a written communication to be sent or delivered to the Consular Office in the same manner and within the same terms as for the exercise of the option.
If you choose to return to Italy to vote, the Law does NOT provide for any type of reimbursement for travel expenses incurred, but only tariff concessions within the Italian territory. Only voters residing in countries where there are no conditions for voting by mail (Law 459/2001, art. 20, paragraph 1-bis) are entitled to a refund of 75 percent of the cost of the travel ticket, in economy class.
THE CONSULAR OFFICE OF REFERENCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY FURTHER CLARIFICATION.