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Voting Rights of Foreign Residents


Voting Rights of Foreign R...

According to information received from the  Seoul Metropolitan Election Commission, some expatriates (foreign residents)  in Korea are permitted to vote in referenda or in regional elections.
(This does not apply to general or presidential elections.)

Only the following expatriates are eligible to vote:
Foreigners, aged 19 and older, holding an F-5 visa, who have lived in Korea for 3 consecutive years since obtaining their F-5 status. 

There is no need for foreign residents who are elligible to vote to pre-register.  Local election committees will send  election notices  (via regular mail to the address on the ARC) in Chinese and English, giving the polling stations to which voters in that area should go.   Voters must bring their ARC (Alien Registration Card) with them for identification purposes.

For more information, contact the National Election Commission at 02-503-0883. As for an English speaker - there generally is someone there who can speak some English. 

Web Links:Seoul Metropolitan Election Commission
Korea National Election Commission
 

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Last Updated on 2011-10-22


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