More than 20,000 Hungarians registered to vote abroad at an embassy or consulate in the May 26 European Parliament elections by the deadline on Friday. The number of absentee voters registered for the EP election is more than double the number of those who voted abroad five years ago.
Voters had until 4pm on May 17 to register to vote at one of Hungary’s 132 diplomatic missions. Under Hungary’s election rules, citizens with a permanent address in Hungary who are not going to be in the country on May 26 can go to the polls at Hungarian embassies and consulates. They are not eligible to vote by mail. According to official election site www.valasztas.hu, 20,344 Hungarians registered to vote abroad by Friday afternoon. Most absentee voters, 1,729 of them, will be casting their ballots in London. In 2014, 7,572 Hungarians voted at diplomatic missions.