EU citizens permanently residing in Poland can vote in local elections

Citizens of the EU who are not Polish nationals will have the right to vote in the upcoming October local elections.

Citizens of other EU countries who are not Polish citizens and are permanently residing in Poland will be able to vote in October's local elections provided that they are over the age of 18, registered to vote, and permanently reside in a specific municipality. If they meet these criteria, they will be given the right to cast votes for the local authorities, as well as the village head or mayor. However, they will not be allowed to participate in the vote for district and provincial councils.

Wojciech Dąbrówka, the press spokesman for the National Electoral Office, told PAP that in the local elections of 2014, 679 out of 985 EU residents in Poland who were eligible to vote, voted in the first round of the elections. The second round attracted 430 people out of 737 - the difference in numbers is related to the fact that a second round did not take place in every municipality.

EU citizens, permanently residing in Poland, wishing to vote in the October 2018 local elections, are advised to check with their local government office as to whether they are listed in the electoral register.