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ELECTIONS OF THE COMITES OF ITALIAN CITIZENS RESIDING ABROAD



Members of the COMITES are elected on the basis of lists of candidates supported by Italian citizens residing in each consular jurisdiction. Adult Italian citizens residing abroad and registered in the electoral lists, may vote by absentee ballot (according to the system authorized by Law no. 459/2001), and no longer need to go to the polls in person as previously required. In order to permit citizens to make use of the absentee ballot, the consular office must send an envelope, in due time according to the law, containing all the electoral correspondence and an information sheet to facilitate the voting process. Carefully following the instructions, the citizen completes the ballot and returns it to his consular office by post, using the pre-stamped envelope. The envelope must be returned as quickly as possible.