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Registration Process for Greek Election Postal Voting is Easy

February 24, 2024

ATHENS – The electronic process for Hellenes Abroad to participate in the June European Parliament elections via postal voting is straightforward and simple.

On February 19, the relevant web platform was launched: epistoliki.ypes.gov.gr, open until April 29, 2024. The platform caters to Greek voters residing abroad as well as those within the territory of the Hellenic Republic.

The National Herald tested the platform on February 20 and found that registration can be completed successfully in as little as 5 minutes. There is no comparison with the previous year’s cumbersome, inconvenient, and ultimately exclusionary process for expatriate voter registration for national elections.

The activation of the platform marks the first establishment in Greece of postal voting as a means to facilitate the exercise of electoral rights for European elections and national referendums. It signifies a significant step toward inclusivity for the Greek Diaspora, eliminating practical barriers to the exercise of electoral rights for Greek citizens worldwide.

The platform for postal voting applies to all Greek citizens registered on the electoral rolls who wish to exercise their voting rights via postal voting, whether within or outside the country, starting with the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Greek voters within Greece access the platform via epistoliki.ypes.gov.gr and register in the special electoral rolls for postal voting solely through the Taxisnet system using their personal credentials.

Greeks residing abroad can register through the following methods:

1. Through Taxisnet (if they have login credentials).
2. By submitting their Greek passport and registry number details together.

Alternatively, voters within Greece can register in the special electoral rolls for postal voting through the Citizens’ Service Centers (KEP), while those outside the country can contact the competent Greek consular authorities (Consulates General, Consulates, Consular Offices of Embassies).

With the introduction of postal voting, the avenues for exercising the right to vote are modernized, providing Greek citizens living abroad the opportunity to vote from their place of residence without the need for travel expenses.

Within Greece, postal voting particularly benefits elderly citizens, seasonal workers, Sunday workers, persons with disabilities, and students during examination periods, among others.

Summary of the Process:

1. Register in the special electoral rolls for postal voting through the Ministry of Interior’s electronic application at the link epistoliki.ypes.gov.gr until April 29, 2024.
2. Receive electoral materials at the declared address.
3. Vote and send your envelope to the pre-filled address.
4. Envelopes must reach the sorting centers by 5:00 PM on the eve of the European elections (June 8, 2024).

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