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Small portion of Latvians use their right to vote early in EP elections

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the first day of early election, at least 36 257 or 2.57% of Latvian residents with voting rights have used the opportunity to cast their votes. This is more than there were in 2014 elections, according to data compiled by Central Election Commission for 946 election sites.

In the European Parliament elections of 2014 the right to vote early was used by 1.55% of residents with voting rights. The total proportion of voters who took part in elections was 30.24%.

Voter activity was the highest in Riga – on Wednesday, 22 May, 17 875 or 4.28% of residents with voting rights decided to cast their votes early.

Voter activity was the lowest in Latgale, where only 1.12% or 2 297 residents decided to cast their votes early. Data for three more election sites has yet to be processed, however.

9 753 or 2.49% of voters in Vidzeme used their right to vote early this Wednesday. In Zemgale, 3 581 or 1.69% of voters cast their votes early. And in Kurzeme early voting was used by 2 698 or 1.46% of residents with voting rights. Data from five election sites has yet to be compiled, however.

In total, there are 1 411 955 residents with voting rights registered for European Parliament elections in Latvia.

All 954 election sites in Latvia were open for three hours on Wednesday, 22 May. It will be possible to vote early on Thursday and Friday as well. The proper Election Day is Saturday, 25 May.

Voters are able to vote early at a different election site instead of the election site they are registered with. If voters decide to vote at another election site, they should keep in mind they will have to spend more time there because the election commission will have to contact the voter’s usual election site to check if the voter has not voted yet and to perform re-registration, as explained by the Central Election Commission.

Early voting is available to any voter who is unable to attend election on 25 May. At the same time, voters have to keep in mind that on Election Day they will be able to vote only at their designated election site.

To vote citizens have to bring a passport or eID. No stamp is given for EP elections because of the principle «one voter – one vote», which is ensured using databases.

On Election Day, 25 May, all election sites will be open 07:00 – 20:00.

Latvian residents will elect eight MEPs. There are 16 candidate lists and a total of 246 candidates to choose from. Candidate lists that fail to receive at least 5% of votes will not be able to participate in division of seats.


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