More than 151,000 people have asked for the early vote on mobility for the presidential elections on January 24 in three days, a source from the Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Wednesday.
If in the first 24 hours of the deadline, on Sunday, enrollments to vote the week before reached 52,994, that number almost tripled until 23:59 on Tuesday, 151,396.
In times of the covid-19 pandemic and at a time when new general confinement is expected, records are broken daily in the registration for early voting. In the latest legislatures, in 2019, 50,638 voters voted in advance, with 56,287 registered.
Portuguese who are unable to vote in the presidential elections on January 24 may ask, until Thursday, to exercise their right to vote a week earlier, at a polling station of their choice.
Early voting on mobility was extended by law passed in parliament and can be done at the headquarters of each of the country’s 308 counties, instead of the district seat, as happened in the 2019 European and legislative elections.
So, anyone who wants to advance their vote to January 17th, in any city hall, instead of the 24th at the polling station where they are registered, must ask until Thursday.
The request can be made electronically at the Ministry of Internal Administration on the website “www.votoantecipado.mai.gov.pt” or by regular mail.
The voter must mention the full name, date of birth, civil identification number, address, mobile polling station where he / she intends to exercise the right to vote, email address and / or telephone contact, with a draft on the website Ministry of Internal Affairs.
On January 17, the voter votes at the table of the chosen place, according to the amendment to the law, approved in October by the Assembly of the Republic.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,945,437 deaths resulting from more than 90.8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 8,080 people died from 496,552 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The presidential elections, which take place in the midst of the covid-19 epidemic in Portugal, are scheduled for January 24 and this is the 10th time that the Portuguese have been called to choose the President of the Republic in democracy, since 1976.
The election campaign started on the 10th and ends on the 22nd of January. Seven candidates are running for election, Marisa Matias (supported by the Left Block), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD and CDS / PP) Tiago Mayan Gonçalves (Liberal Initiative), André Ventura (Arrives), Vitorino Silva, better known as Tino de Rans , João Ferreira (PCP and PEV) and PS activist Ana Gomes (PAN and Livre).
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