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VOTING & CIVIC DUTIES

If you would like to vote in your home elections while abroad, consult with your embassy. US citizens may receive voter registration assistance from the Overseas Vote Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides a suite of internet-based voter services for US federal elections: www.overseasvotefoundation.org. Democrats Abroad, with a local chapter in Bologna, also provides voter registration assistance in both English and Spanish: www.votefromabroad.org.

Once you become an Italian citizen, you need to contact the Ufficio Elettorale (Electoral Office) of your comune of residence to register to vote. The voter registries are updated in January and July of each year, so it is not guaranteed that you will be able to vote in the first election following the acquisition of citizenship.

Once you are registered, you will receive a tessera elettorale (voting card) with instructions about the seggio (polling station) closest to your home, usually a school building. Local, provincial, regional and EU elections occur every five years, but not necessarily at the same time. The timing of national elections depends on the duration of the coalition in power. Italy also uses the instrument of the national referendum to vote on issues of a constitutional nature or others that the politicians prefer to defer to voters.

Ufficio Elettorale Comune di Bologna

Via Don Minzoni, 10/2
Tel. 051.2194222 switchboard
Tel. 051.2194233 registration