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2023 elections in Río Negro: can I vote if I did not vote in the 2021 elections?

People who are absent and do not present a justification could be forced to pay a financial penalty.

The elections in Rio Negro will take place on April 16, with which the governor, lieutenant governor and 46 seats in the Legislature will be renewed. For many years, voting has been compulsory for a sector of society, and those who do not attend could suffer economic sanctions.

In addition to the change in the governorship of the province (Arabela Carreras announced at the beginning of the year that she would not run for re-election) and the legislative seats, Black river will renew the municipalities in 22 municipalities and the authorities (heads and substitutes) in the Development Commissions.

As stipulated in the National Constitution, voting is mandatory for all persons between the ages of 18 and 70 and domiciled in the province, while voters aged 16 and 17, as well as those over 70, can do so freely. optional.

Elections 2023: the provisional register is now available in Río Negro.

In the same sense, as explained by the National Government website, for the elections in Rio Negro people born abroad must request an inscription to the electoral register in the Electoral Board with some proof that demonstrates that they reside “in the corresponding municipal ejido”.

Foreigners who meet the requirements requested by the Electoral Board of Río Negro They will have to present a work permit or salary receipts that prove they have lived in the municipal community in the last three years or with receipts for payment of public services or real estate contributions, among other options.

In turn, people who are absent on the day of the elections must present a supporting document to the Electoral Court, since, otherwise, they could be forced to pay a fine equivalent to a basic wage to the voter.

Alberto Weretilneck will be the official candidate in Río Negro.

Alberto Weretilneck will be the official candidate in Río Negro.

Likewise, the Río Negro government website details that people who are absent and do not present a justification “may not be appointed to perform public functions or jobs for three years from the election, nor carry out procedures before provincial, municipal or community organizations, for the term of one year.”

But if a person did not go to vote in the previous election, they will still be able to cast their vote in the following election.

How to check whether a fine is owed for not attending an election?

To find out if you owe any fine from previous elections, you must go to the website of the National Electoral Chamber (CNE) and enter the category “Registry of Violators”. “The processing of requests made through this channel is under the exclusive responsibility of the Electoral Secretariat of the Capital Federal district,” the CNE website details.

People have 60 days from the elections to present the form before the National Electoral Justice, since otherwise the fine will be automatically added to the Registry of Offenders of each person.

However, there are several reasons why people are justified in not showing up to vote in elections. According to the national government website, people who:

  • On election day, you are more than 500 kilometers away from the place where you have to vote and justify to the nearest police authority that this situation is due to reasonable reasons.
  • If you are sick or unable to attend the polling place for reasons of force majeure that have been sufficiently verified and justified by doctors from the national health service (If you cannot go to vote for health reasons, you must justify it on the day of the election by means of of a certificate issued by a national, provincial or municipal public hospital, and in the absence of these, by a private health professional).
  • If you are part of a public service organization or company and for reasons related to the fulfillment of functions you are prevented from attending to vote.
  • If you are a judge or assistant and by provision of the National Electoral Code you have to attend your office and keep it open during the elections.

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