European elections 2024, everything you need to know

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Le European elections of 2024 they are a very important moment for theItaly and the whole of Europe, given that it offers us the opportunity to choose our representatives to European Parliament, the events of the next decades could depend on this choice given that we are in a very fragile period from a geopolitical point of view.

When voting in the 2024 European elections

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, we will go to the polls to select i European deputies which will influence not only national politics but that of the whole XNUMX-XNUMX business days and the European Union's relationship with the rest of the world, outlining the continent's priorities and future directions.

The opening times of the voting booths for the 2024 European elections

  • On Saturday 8 June we will only vote in the afternoon, from 15pm to 00pm
  • On Sunday 9 June we will vote all day from 7:00 to 23:00

What are the voting methods in the 2024 European elections

In Italy, the electoral system for the European elections is proportional type, which means that the seats are distributed among the various party lists based on the number of votes that each receives at a national level. This ensures fair representation, allowing more voices to be heard in the European Parliament.

It is possible to indicate up to three preferences within the same list, preferably selecting candidates of different sexes to promote gender equality, but this is not an obligation.

Who can vote in the 2024 European Elections

Every adult Italian citizen has the right to vote, including citizens of other member states of theUE resident in Italy, provided they are registered on the electoral lists.

However, there are some categories of people who are denied the right to vote in Italy, even if they are Italian citizens. Here are some examples:

  1. Civil incapacity: Persons declared incapable by judicial ruling cannot exercise the right to vote.
  2. Criminal convictions: Those sentenced to sentences that include the loss of civil and political rights cannot vote until rehabilitated.
  3. Prevention measures: Some prevention measures, such as disqualification from holding public office, may include the suspension of voting rights.

Who are the candidates and parties in the 2024 European Elections

There are many i political parties and groups who present their candidates in these elections, each of them obviously with different visions and proposals for the future ofXNUMX-XNUMX business days. The choice of representatives in the European Parliament is a crucial choice, as it will influence many decisions on important issues such as economy, security, immigration and environmental policies.

Among the names that most stand out at the head of the lists we find:

  • Antonio Tajani of Forza Italia, leader in all constituencies except the Islands.
  • Elly Schlein for the Democratic Party, leader in the Center and in the Islands, which confirmed its candidacy on April 22nd and then withdrew it the same day, will in any case support its own list.
  • Matteo Salvini of the League, which he chose to do not apply directly but he will support his party's list.
  • Carlo Calenda of Action e Emma Bonino of +Europa, both with long European experience.
  • Giorgia Meloni, who has not yet made any public statements on the matter but it seems that the election posters featuring her as a candidate have already been spotted.

We remember that each party must present its lists by May 1st, with each list having to be signed by an adequate number of voters to be accepted. Furthermore, it is required that each list reaches at least 4% of votes at national level in order to have elected representatives in the European Parliament.

For this reason, all the candidates have yet to be outlined, given that there are still days to go.

What are the electoral constituencies in the 2024 European elections

Le European elections in Italy they take place in five constituencies supra-regional, each of which represents a specific geographical area of ​​the country. This division was chosen in order to better determine how votes will be collected and how the seats will be distributed among the candidates in the various lists.

The constituencies are:

  • North Western: Which includes the regions of Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta, Liguria and Lombardy.
  • North Eastern: Which includes the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Emilia-Romagna.
  • Centrale: Covering the regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Lazio.
  • Southern: Which groups together the regions of Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria.
  • Insular: Which includes Sicily and Sardinia.

Voting instructions

Now that we are getting closer to European elections, it is essential to know how and where to vote. Here are practical instructions to ensure that our right to vote is exercised correctly:

  • Where to vote: We vote at the polling station to which we are assigned, indicated on the electoral card. This card contains all the necessary information, including the electoral section you belong to. If you lost it you can get it again!
  • Required documents: To vote, we must present a valid identity document and voter card. If the card is lost or damaged, it is possible to request a new one from the municipality of residence before the election date.
  • Voting times: Polling stations are open from 15pm to 00pm on Saturday and from 23am to 00pm on Sunday. It is advisable to go and vote early to avoid long waits.

For those who find themselves unable to vote, like the voters with disabilities or temporarily abroad, there are specific provisions to facilitate their voting. Voters with disabilities can request to vote in an accessible section or to be assisted when voting. While the voters who are temporarily abroad for work, study or health reasons they can vote by post, following the instructions provided by the Italian consulates.

What documents can you use to go to the polling station?

Differently from airports, you can go to the polling station with more than one document and yes, it is possible to vote with your driving license. Here are the identity documents recognized at the polling station:

  • Identity card 
  • Passport
  • Patent
  • Firearms license
  • Pension Booklet
  • Receipt of the request for the Electronic Identity Card
  • License to operate heating systems
  • Identification cards with photograph and stamp or other equivalent signature, issued by a State Administration
  • Identification cards issued by professional orders or by the National Union of Officers on Leave of Italy validated by a military command.

How to vote from abroad

Vote from abroad for European elections as an Italian citizen it involves a series of specific procedures to ensure the possibility of expressing your right to vote even when you are far from your habitual residence in Italy.

Here's how to proceed:

Voting from abroad for Italian citizens

  1. Registration with AIRE: Italian citizens residing abroad must be registered with the AIRE (Registry of Italians Resident Abroad) in the municipality of origin.
  2. Receipt of the electoral package: Those who are registered with AIRE will automatically receive the election package at home, which includes the ballot paper, voting instructions, and a pre-stamped package for returning the vote.
  3. Voting methods: After receiving the package, voters must fill out the ballot paper confidentially and send it back by post to the relevant Italian consulate by the date established for counting the votes. It is essential to meet the deadlines to ensure your vote is counted.
  4. Voting in the consulate: Alternatively, in some cases it is possible to vote directly at the Italian consulate in the country of residence, on the days established for voting. This option depends on the specific provisions of the consulate and requires the voter to appear in person.

Voting from abroad for citizens of other EU countries residing in Italy

Citizens of other European Union countries residing in Italy can choose to vote for Italian candidates for the European Parliament. To do this, they must:

  1. Registration on the Italian electoral lists: You must register at the municipality of residence in Italy to be added to the special electoral lists for EU citizens.
  2. Voting at the polling station: Once registered, these citizens vote in the standard way at the assigned polling station, just like Italian citizens.

Where to redo your voter card if you have lost it.

Unfortunately each municipality has different methods and places, you must see on your municipality's website what is the list of locations where you can request a new electoral card. It is best to go in the days before, but it is also possible to do it again on the same day of the vote, it only takes a few minutes.

Below are the lists of locations for the production of the Identity Card and the Electoral Card in Naples, Milan and Rome.

List of offices in Naples where you can get your electoral card

Municipality 1

  • Office: Via Santa Caterina a Chiaia n. 76

Municipality 2

  • Office: Piazza Dante n. 93
  • Office: Corso Garibaldi n. 394

Municipality 3

  • Office: Via SS. John and Paul n. 125
  • Office: Via Lieti n. 97

Municipality 4

  • Office: Poggioreale: via E. Gianturco n. 99
  • Office: San Lorenzo Vicaria: via dei Tribunali n. 227

Municipality 5

  • Office: Vomero: via Raffaele Morghen n. 84
  • Office: Arenella: via Giacinto Gigante n. 242

Municipality 6

  • Office: San Giovanni a Teduccio: via Atripaldi n. 64
  • Office: Bridges: piazza M. De Iorio n. 22

Municipality 7

  • Office: Secondigliano: Casale square n. 6/7

Municipality 8

  • Office: Scampia: Largo della Cittadinanza Attiva n. 15

Municipality 9

  • Office: Soccavo: Piazza Giovanni XXIII n. 2
  • Office: Plain: via parish priest Simeoli n. 6

Municipality 10

  • Office: Bagnoli: via Acate n. 65
  • Office: Fuorigrotta: via Cariteo n. 51

Demographic and Statistical Services Service

  • Office: II Cross Via dell'Epomeo 2, Parco Quadrifoglio

List of offices in Rome where you can get an Electoral Card

During the Ordinary Period:

  • All Municipalities:
    • Service: Issuance of electoral cards.
    • Access: by reservation.
  • Decentralization Department, Delegated Services and Cities in 15 minutes – Central Electoral Office, Via Petroselli 50, Rome:
    • Service: Issuance of new electoral cards in case of running out of spaces, deterioration, loss, citizens residing abroad, age of majority, change of residence.
    • Specificity: Local variation in voting, change of residence, release to EU citizens.
    • Required documents: Old card, identification document, self-certification.

During the Extraordinary Period:

  • Extraordinary afternoon openings:
    • Locations: Decentralization Department and Municipalities involved.
    • Service: Issuance of electoral cards without the need for reservation, for all citizens regardless of their domicile of territorial residence.
    • Times: advertised at the time of the electoral consultations on the website of the Municipality of Rome.

List of offices in Milan where you can get an Electoral Card

Here is the list of locations and the documents that are issued in each:

  1. Electoral Office in via Messina, 52
    • Documents issued: electoral cards and certificates of registration in the electoral lists.
  2. Registry hall in via Larga, 12
    • Documents issued: electoral cards and identity cards.
  3. Decentralized registry offices:
    • Documents issued: electoral cards and identity cards.
    • Specific locations:
      • Town Hall 2 – via Padova, 118
      • Town Hall 3 – via Sansovino, 9
      • Town Hall 4 – via Oglio, 18
      • Town Hall 5 – viale Tibaldi, 41
      • Town Hall 6 – viale Legioni Romane, 54
      • Town Hall 7 – Piazza Stovani, 3
      • Town Hall 8 – Piazzale Accursio, 5
      • Town Hall 9 – Largo De Benedetti, 1
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