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For long-term foreign residents of Quito, and even some short-term visitors, the issue of voting from overseas is an important one. Most visitors who would like to have a say in their country's elections have a number of options for voting, but it does vary from country-to-country.

Voting Overseas in UK Elections

Citizens of the United Kingdom living abroad can vote in national elections, but not local ones. To do so, they must register as overseas voters. In theory, overseas voters can vote by mail, but ballots are usually not sent out until a week before elections, and must be returned by election day. In most cases, this turn-around time will be too short for Britons living in Ecuador. As an alternative, you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf back in the UK. Check the site for more details.

Voting Overseas in US Elections

American voters in Quito will have to check with their local municipal or county clerks' offices, as voting rules vary from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction. As a general rule, however, citizens can register to vote, request an absentee ballot and vote in absentia by mail.

Voting Overseas in Canadian Elections

Canadians' eligibility to vote is determined by a number of factors, including the amount of time they have spent abroad, whether they plan to return to Canada and why you are abroad. Check with to learn more. If you are eligible to vote, you can receive an absentee ballot to vote in national elections. Most provinces will also let you vote in provincial elections.

Voting Overseas in Australian Elections

For Australians who are abroad on election day, voting is not obligatory, but they can enroll for overseas voting. Mail ballots can be requested, and voters can also visit the polls at Australia's diplomatic missions— in Quito's case, the nearest one is in Santiago, Chile. If you are leaving Australia shortly before election day, you may be able to vote at one of the early voting centers set up at airports.

Voting Overseas in Israeli Elections

At the moment, the only Israelis allowed to vote from outside Israel are diplomatic staff members. The issue is being debated in the Knesset at the time of writing, however, so this law might change.

Voting Overseas in New Zealand Elections

Citizens can vote in New Zealand's elections by requesting a ballot by mail, downloading a ballot or picking one up at a diplomatic mission (again, the nearest one to Quito is in Santiago, Chile).

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
31 Oct 2013

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