Voter Registration: Puerto Rico
Registration Deadline: In order to vote in an upcoming election, the properly completed voter registration form must be completed 50 days before the election. Address changes of registered voters cannot occur after 120 days before the election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election
Residency: Must have an established residence in Puerto Rico
Mental Competency: Not have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: To register for elections go to the local municipal Permanent Registration Board to fill out the registration form and submit the required documents.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
- Highlights outside Puerto Rico on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard of Puerto Rico.
- he studied outside Puerto Rico, in any educational institution duly accredited by competent authority of the site located where the institution.
- Working with the Department of Labor and Human Resources of Puerto Rico to work in the Program of Agricultural Jobs outside Puerto Rico on election day.
- Those outside Puerto Rico in the diplomatic service or foreign aid from the Government of the United States of America or a staff exchange program between the Government of Puerto Rico and a foreign government.
- The spouses and dependent children or relatives of voters who are in any of the previous four groups.
- The crew of commercial airlines and merchant marines who are working outside of Puerto Rico on election day.
- Members of the Police of Puerto Rico and the Corps Officers of the Custody Administration Correction on active duty during the hours of voting, also voters who because of illness or disability, or because of their job, find it impossible to vote.
- Confinement in penal institutions.
- Members of the State Elections Commission, Vice-Presidents and Secretaries, Alternate Commissioners, Members of the Local Election Commissions, their alternates and members of the Board of Registration, as well as employees of the State Commission of Elections.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
By mail: To attain an absentee ballot a letter must be written to the State Elections Commission 60 days before the election with the following information included:
- Name paternal and maternal
- Names of the father and mother
- Date of birth
- Election number
- Address of home in Puerto Rico
- Current temporarily address
- Mailing address to which the ballot must be sent
- Reason for not being able to go to the polls on election day.
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
En Español: http://www.ceepur.org/