Poles abroad mark record turnout at presidential elections - ministry

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Sunday's presidential elections brought on a record turnout in expat Polish communities, with over 387 thousand nationals registering for the vote worldwide despite the coronavirus epidemic, the Polish Foreign Ministry informed on Monday.

More than 343 thousand of the expat voters voted by mail, the ministry said.

The ministry wrote that some countries from which the votes came permitted only postal voting, most notably the US, where 33,827 Poles registered to vote.

The turnout was also high in Britain, where 129,331 Poles were on the electoral roll. All the votes were cast by mail.

Voter figures were also high in Polish diasporas in Ireland (21,715), Norway (13,867), Holland (16,714) and France (11,661), the ministry wrote.