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New Presidential Vote in Venezuela to Use Same Electoral Roll

100,496 Venezuelans are registered to vote abroad

According to an announcement by Tibisay Lucena, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), there are just over 18.9 million people registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election on April 14, of which 100,495 will be voting abroad in the country’s diplomatic offices in 88 different countries.

The electoral roll that will be used for the new vote is the same one employed for the recent presidential election last October 7. According to the numbers, the states with the largest number of voters are Zulia (2.3 million), Miranda (1.9 million), and Carabobo (1.5 million).

The greatest share of Venezuelans registered to vote abroad are the United States (with 37,681 voters), Spain (20,306), Colombia (6,060), and Canada (5,431).

Venezuela’s electoral roll is permanent – meaning that citizens can register at any time – but any modifications or additions carried out before the cut-off date before last year’s election will not be applied for this election, which was called after the death of President Hugo Chávez.

Those persons who reached voting age between October 8 of last year and April 14 of this year will not be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election.

Venezuela’s total voter registration rate as of last year was 96.5%, according to the CNE, and the last election saw 80.1% voter turnout.

More information is available in Spanish here.

CNE/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ March 11, 2013

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