Voting from abroad

Voters who are abroad also have the right to vote. These voters can be divided into two categories:

  1. voters who have registered permanent residence in Slovenia, and who are therefore in the general electoral register for a polling station area within Slovenia, and who on polling day are temporarily abroad (voters temporarily abroad – EXPATRIATES);
  2. voters who have emigrated from Slovenia and are entered in a special electoral register of Slovenian citizens who do not have registered permanent residence in Slovenia (EMIGRATED SLOVENIANS)

 

I. Voters temporarily abroad – expatriates

Voters who will be abroad temporarily on polling day may vote in two ways:

  1. at a diplomatic or consular representative office (DCR);
  2. by post from abroad.

For both types of voting, voters who will be abroad temporarily on polling day must communicate their intention to the state election commission. Voters can send notice of their intention on the form published on the website of the state election commission in the following three ways:

  1. by post to: Državna volilna komisija, Slovenska cesta 54, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia;
  2. by fax to the following number: +386 1 43 31 269;
  3. by e-mail (signed and scanned) to the e-mail address

The deadline for giving notice is preclusive, meaning the deadline refers to when the notice must arrive. Notices received late will be rejected as submitted too late.

In the electoral register for the area where voters are registered as permanent residents, a note will be entered against the name and surname of the voter in the column “remarks” regarding the method of voting. The election committee cannot allow such voters to cast votes even if they appear in person at the polling station.

Options for voting:

  1. Voting at DCR

Voters who vote at a diplomatic or consular representative office of the Republic of Slovenia will be entered on a special list. On polling day they should appear between 9 am and 5 pm local time at the polling station in the DCR, where the voting procedure is exactly the same as at a polling station in Slovenia (identification of voters with personal ID, voter signature, voting using ballot papers). These voters do not receive any special notice of entry on the list of voters if they have submitted an application to vote at a DCR in due time.

  1. Postal votes

Voters who vote by post from abroad can return the voting materials they receive at their address abroad:

  1. to the address of the competent local electoral commission (the address will already be printed on the return envelope enclosed with the voting materials) or
  2. to the address of the Slovenian DCR where the polling station is located (the materials must arrive by the time the polling station opens).

 

II. Voters who do not have permanent residence in Slovenia – emigrated Slovenians

Emigrated Slovenians have the right to vote in:

  • referendums,
  • elections to the National Assembly,
  • presidential elections
  • elections to the European Parliament.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will notify voters who do not have permanent residence in Slovenia of the calling of elections or referendums and of the possible methods of voting.

Emigrated Slovenians may freely choose to vote at a polling station in a diplomatic or consular representative office, by post or at a special polling station at the headquarters of a local electoral commission (“OMNIA” polling station).

Options for voting:

  1. At a DCR of the Republic of Slovenia, if the DCR has set up a polling station and voters are on the electoral register.

Voters using a DCR should appear on polling day between 9 am and 5 pm local time at the polling station in the DCR, where the voting procedure is exactly the same as at a polling station in Slovenia (identification of voters with personal ID, voter signature, voting using ballot papers).

  1. By post
  1. Elections to the National Assembly, presidential elections and elections to the European Parliament:

In accordance with Article 82 of the National Assembly Elections Act, the state election commission will send a ballot paper with the names of candidates or candidate lists to the permanent residential address of the voter abroad.

Instructions on the method of voting by post are an integral part of the voting materials. Voters must send the completed ballot paper and personally signed voting card to the address of the local electoral commission (the address will be enclosed), or they may also send the materials to a diplomatic or consular representative office of the Republic of Slovenia.

  1. Referendums:

Voters who do not have permanent residence in Slovenia (emigrated Slovenians) wishing to vote by post must notify the state election commission professional of their intention. Voters can send notice of their intention on the notification form published on the website of the state election commission.

Emigrated Slovenians can send their notification:

  1. by post to: Državna volilna komisija, Slovenska cesta 54, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia;
  2. by fax to the following number: +386 1 43 31 269;
  3. by e-mail (signed and scanned) to the e-mail address .


The deadline for giving notice is preclusive, meaning the deadline refers to when the notice must arrive. Notices received late will be rejected as submitted too late.

Emigrated Slovenians who vote by post from abroad can return the voting materials they receive at their address abroad:

  1. to the address of the competent local electoral commission (the address will already be printed on the return envelope enclosed with the voting materials) or
  2. (in exceptions) to the address of the Slovenian DCR where the polling station is located (the voting materials must arrive at the DCR by the time the polling station opens).

 

  1. At a special polling station at the headquarters of the local electoral commission (administrative unit) – “OMNIA”

Emigrated Slovenians who will be in Slovenia on polling day may opt to vote at a special polling station at the headquarters of the local electoral commission (administrative unit), i.e. an “OMNIA” polling station.

Emigrated Slovenians wishing to vote at such polling stations must notify the local or state election commission of their intention. Emigrated Slovenians should give notification in the manner set out in point I. Emigrated Slovenians must send such notice no later than three days before polling day.

The DCR at which the emigrated Slovenian is listed in the electoral register will be immediately notified that the person is voting in Slovenia, and a note will be made in the electoral register that the person has opted for this form of voting.

Emigrated voters who opt to vote at “OMNIA” polling stations should appear on polling day at the “OMNIA” polling station in the location they have chosen. For every election or referendum the precise addresses of “OMNIA” polling stations are published on the state election commission website.