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More Than 157,000 Greeks Register for Postal Voting – Mostly in Greece

After severe restrictions were lifted, more than 157,000 Greeks have registered to vote by mail for the June 9 European elections, although some 116,000 live in the country and only 41,000 abroad, in 115 other countries.

Even though the New Democracy government was able to lift strict conditions that limited how many living abroad could vote, the total from other countries is still a miniscule amount, although the European elections aren’t as widely followed as local elections.

Still, the number of registered expatriate voters far exceeds those in the 2023 parliamentary elections, where about 23,000 registered for in-person voting. Turnout was approximately 18,000 in May and 15,600 in June.

The deadline for registering is 11:59 p.m. Athens time on April 29 and those abroad were advised to check the time difference between where they are living and the time in Greece if they want to be able to vote.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he wanted to increase access to voting for Greeks living in other countries who for decades have been unable to do so, unlike Americans living in Greece who can vote in United States elections.

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