Referendum Website Opens - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Referendum Website Opens

Published January 28, 2010

The Ministry of Justice has opened a website for the national referendum on the Icesave law, in both Icelandic and English.
While for those living in Iceland, the referendum is scheduled for 6 March, Icelandic citizens living abroad can vote starting today. The website makes the following guidelines for voting:
“Postal voting, both in Iceland and abroad, opens on 28 January 2010. Voters who will not be able to vote on the day of
the referendum may cast postal ballots at any time from 28 January until the day of the referendum. Ballots may be cast at all district commissioners’ offices in Iceland, both at their headquarters and branch offices. Postal voting outside Iceland opens on the same day; this will be under the supervision of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which will advertise further details.
“Voters who are undergoing treatment in hospital, or who are inmates of hospitals, old people’s homes or care institutions for the disabled, may cast their ballots in those institutions. The same applies to the inmates of prisons. Polling shall take place at a time to be decided by the election manager in consultation with the directors of the institution; in the case of hospitals it shall take place as close as possible to the day of the referendum. Furthermore, voters who are unable to visit a polling station on the day of the referendum due to illness, disability or childbirth, may cast their ballots in their homes. Applications to cast ballots at home shall be made in writing and supported by a certificate from a legally competent person regarding the voter’s personal circumstances.”

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