With Decree of the President of the Republic of 17 July 2020, published in the Official Gazette no. 180 of 18 July 2020, the date of the confirmatory referendum set by article 20 of the Constitution on the text of the constitutional law was set at 21 and 2020 September 138: “Amendments to articles 56, 57 and 59 of the Constitution regarding the reduction of the number of parliamentarians ".
Pursuant to art. 17 paragraph 3 of the Voting Abroad Law (Law no. 27 of 2001 December 459), compatriots are informed that the vote will take place by correspondence and that Italian citizens registered with AIRE will be able to exercise the option for voting in Italy , by giving written notice to this Embassy using the attached option form, within the tenth day following the calling of the votes, or by 28 July 2020.
Voting by correspondence of Italian citizens residing abroad
By decree of the President of the Republic of 17 July 2020, published in the Official Journal of 18 July 2020, the date of the popular confirmation referendum was set at 20-21 September 2020, originally called for 29 March and then suspended, on the text of the law constitutional amending articles 56, 57 and 59 of the Constitution regarding the reduction of the number of parliamentarians´, which will also involve Italian citizens residing abroad.
We remind you that VOTING is a RIGHT protected by the Italian Constitution and that, according to the Law of December 27, 2001, n.459, Italian citizens residing abroad, registered in the electoral lists, can VOTE BY MAIL. To this end, it is therefore recommended to check and regularize your personal and address situation at your consulate.
Alternatively, it is possible for voters residing abroad and registered with AIRE to choose to vote in Italy at their electoral registration municipality, communicating their choice (OPTION) in writing to the Consulate within the 10th day following the call of the votes.
Voters who choose to vote in Italy on the occasion of the next referendum consultation, will receive a notice-card from their respective Italian municipalities to vote at polling stations in Italy. The choice (option) to vote in Italy only applies to a referendum consultation.
It is reiterated that in any case the option MUST BE REACHED to the Consular Office no later than ten days after the date of the voting, or by 28 July 2020.
This communication can be written on plain paper and - to be valid - it must contain name, surname, date, place of birth, place of residence and signature of the voter, accompanied by a copy of a declarant's identity document. For this communication you can also use the appropriate form downloadable from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (www.esteri.it) or that of your consular office.
As prescribed by current legislation, it will be the responsibility of the voters to verify that the option communication sent by post has been received in good time by their consular office.
The choice to vote in Italy can subsequently be REVOCATED with a written communication to be sent or delivered to the consular office in the same way and within the same terms as those envisaged for exercising the option.
If you choose to return to Italy to vote, the Law DOES NOT provide for any type of reimbursement for travel expenses incurred, but only tariff concessions within the Italian territory. Only voters residing in countries where there are no conditions for voting by correspondence (Law 459/2001, art. 20, paragraph 1-bis) are entitled to a refund of 75 percent of the cost of the travel ticket, in economy class.
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