Dispatch of postal voting envelopes for European elections begins

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The dispatch of postal vote envelopes to over 200,000 registered voters for postal ballots in the upcoming European elections, has commenced. This process extends to Greek Australians, with 835 voters registered from the continent of Oceania.

Communication regarding the dispatch of envelopes has been conveyed to voters via email, SMS, or Viber, accompanied by a link enabling them to track the shipment’s progress until delivery. A select few have already received their designated envelopes.

According to directives from Greece’s Ministry of Interior, the receipt of materials is restricted to the registrant or authorised individuals. Distributors from sponsoring companies verify the recipient’s identity during delivery. Failure to authenticate may result in fines of €10,000 per omitted file.

Contained within the envelope dispatched to the 202,556 voters are:

  • Instructions detailing MEP candidates from all parties.
  • A uniform ballot encompassing all participating parties, featuring designated spaces for voter selection.
  • A voting envelope for ballot placement.
  • An application-responsible declaration for postal voting, which can be submitted digitally via the epistoliki.ypes.gov.gr platform.
  • A return envelope for postal voting, to be sent to the designated collection area.
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For voters within Greece, the return of the envelope with the ballot is free of charge. Options include scheduling a delivery with the company or personally dropping it off at designated stores.

To ensure timely arrival, ballots must reach the collection site by Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 17:00 Greek time. Recommendations for sending vary based on residency, with deadlines ranging from June 3 to May 28. Registered and express mailing methods are advised.

Failure to meet the deadline results in the unopened return of the envelope. In such cases, participation in the elections is limited to attending the polling station.

In the event of lost materials, voters can reprint through the postal voting platform or visit a specially designed website for people with disabilities for assistance in ballot completion and printing.

Source: AMNA.gr

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