Organisation : Central Election Commission of Latvia
Facility : How to Get Voter Card
Country : Latvia
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How to Obtain Voter Card? :
** It is possible to receive the voter card for free in that territorial section of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs where the eID of the voter was issued.
Related : Central Election Commission of Latvia Off-site Voting : www.electionin.org/788.html
** The issuing authority is indicated on the back of the eID.
** It is possible to receive the voter card also in another territorial section of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, but then a voter must submit an application with a request for issuing the voter card in the respective section to the Central Unit of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs at Ciekurkalna 1. linija 1, k-3, LV-1026, Riga
** If a voter receives the voter card and then applies for a passport, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Voters will stamp the passport to notify that the voter card has also been issued to this person.
Voters who have a valid Latvian citizen’s passport do not need the voter card!
Voting rights :
** All citizens of Latvia who on election day had attained 18 years of age were entitled to vote.
** The Electoral Register is not used for registration of voters in the Saeima elections.
** Voters are registered in a polling station by making a mark in their passports.
** Thus, voters who had only electronic identity cards (eID), but did not have valid passports, could use a personalized voter card along with the eID as voting documents.
** It was possible to receive the voter card for free in that territorial section of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs where the electronic identity card of the voter was issued.
Voting possibilities :
** On election day, polling stations were open between 7 am and 8 pm.
** Voters could vote at any nearby polling station in Latvia or abroad.
** Voters who did not have a chance to cast their votes on the election day, had a possibility to submit ballots for safe-keeping three days prior elections – on 1, 2 and 3 October.
** Polling stations where ballots could be submitted for safe-keeping were set up in cities and municipalities with at least 7500 eligible voters.
** In total, there will be 61 such polling station.
** Overseas voters could participate in the Saeima elections by voting on the election day at one of the polling stations established abroad or by mail.
** Voters had to apply to vote by mail in advance – between 3 May and 12 September.
** Voters unable to come to the polling station for health reasons, caregivers of these voters and caregivers of ill persons could apply for off-site voting.
** Requests for off-site voting could be submitted between 29 September and 4 October.
** In the Saeima elections, voting was organized also for soldiers serving in international operations and for voters in penitentiaries.