in full scandal of the absentee ballot in the elections of the 28M, Andalusia has shot more than 20% the number of voters who will choose this route ahead of the elections this Sunday, with especially significant increases in the provinces of Huelva (+124%) and Seville (62%).
Specifically, a total of 201,375 Andalusians have sent their vote by post for the municipal elections, a figure that represents 20.4% of the 984,108 votes that Correos has counted throughout Spain and a rise of 20.39% compared to the last local elections, held in May 2019. The notable increase in the provinces of Huelva and Seville coincides with the celebration of the pilgrimage to the Huelva village of Dewwho lives his big week.
The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, He already defended at all costs the option of voting for corroe in 2021, in the middle of the electoral campaign for the autonomous regions of Catalonia. «It’s very simple, it’s safe. Voting by mail has been the lever of change in the United States and I am convinced that it can be so here as well, “said the socialist at the time. An affirmation wrapped now in a context of plots in different points of the Spanish geography that shake the PSOE 48 hours after the appointment with the polls.
National and Andalusian data
post office has reported in a statement the number of votes received in Spain as a whole the day after, this past Thursday, May 25, the deadline for casting the vote ended, according to the extension decision adopted by the Central Electoral Board (JEC).
At the national levelthe number of admitted postal votes represents 6.4% more than in the previous regional and municipal elections held on May 26, 2019, which also coincided with the European Parliament elections.
In the case of Andalusia, the largest amounts of admitted postal voting are linked to the provinces of Sevilla, with 49,749, 61.9% more than in 2019; Huelva, with 29,586 -124% more-, and Málaga, con 25.684 (+0,8%).
Behind these provinces are those of Jaen -21,337, 3.2% less than in 2019-, Granada -21,090, 4.1% less-, Cadiz -19,098, a figure lower by 4.6% compared to 2019-, Almeria -17,745, 2.5% less than in 2019-, and Córdoba, for which 17,086 votes by mail have been admitted, which represents 9.7% more than in the 2019 appointment, according to data compiled by Europa Press.
For these elections, Correos has provided “all the organisational, technological, material and human resources necessary to guarantee compliance with the public service obligations entrusted to it in the electoral processes”, according to the entity itself.
Specifically, Correos has carried out 2,500 reinforcement contracts, both for offices and for the delivery of shipments and the necessary tasks in logistics centers.
In addition, Correos has applied other measures such as the extraordinary opening on May 18 and 25 in offices of towns that celebrated their local holidays on those days, to “facilitate procedures related to voting by mail.”
The hours of attention to the public have also been extended in numerous offices in the country, such as the one in Melilla, which has been open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; the offices around the village of El Rocío -belonging to the municipality of Almonte (Huelva)-, or all those in the capital of Madrid and towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants in the Community of Madrid, which have opened half an hour before and have closed half hour later.
All this “to streamline and facilitate the management of postal voting as much as possible”, as Correos has stressed, which has claimed that it has also made “the maximum effort to coordinate the postal logistics network and deploy all the necessary means to ensure that the votes admitted at any of its public service points throughout Spain are delivered next Sunday at the corresponding polling station.
special logistics device
For the election day of May 28, the public postal company is entrusted with the mission of delivering the votes sent by mail at the polling stations.
To this end, Correos will establish a special logistics deployment, made up of more than 12,000 professionals, including delivery personnel, offices and treatment centers, and will mobilize all the vehicles in its fleet that are necessary for the correct development of its mission.
When the polling stations open, a first team of staff from the postal company will deliver the votes in custody at the 60,587 polling stations distributed in the 22,916 polling stations of the 8,131 municipalities in Spain.
Another group of employees will deliver to the polling stations those votes by mail that could be received during the course of the day. Finally, another team will collect the so-called “third envelope”, with the final result of the scrutiny, from the polling stations of each and every one of the country’s polling stations.
Census cards and electoral propaganda
The collaboration of Correos in the regional and municipal elections of May 28 also extends to the distribution of registration cards in the census and the shipments of electoral propaganda, in addition to communications to members of the polling stations and shipments to town halls from the census list.
The state society has distributed 35,531,011 census cards sent by the National Institute of Statistics to the homes of citizens with the right to vote next Sunday, which contain the data of their registration in the census, as well as the electoral college and the polling station that corresponds to them.
In addition, during the electoral campaign period, Correos is distributing the electoral propaganda shipments of the different parties and coalitions that attend the elections.