Voting in Greece, for Foreigners
EU citizens may vote in several of the Greek elections. This page tells you how...
The EU treaty (known as the "Maastricht Treaty") gives every EU citizen the right to vote and stand as a candidate in local, municipal (if applicable) and European Parliament elections in the EU country where they are currently resident, under the same conditions as nationals of that country.
There are three types of elections in Greece:
- National elections
- Municipal and Prefectoral Elections
- European Parliamentary Elections
Voting in Greece is mandatory for all Greek citizens, although there are rarely sanctions for citizens that do not vote. Citizens of EU member states residing in Greece are entitled to vote in Municipal and Prefectoral Elections and European Parliamentary Elections. Foreigners are not entitled to vote in national elections.
Information on voting is available from Citizen Service Centres (KEPs), the municipality office of residence and from the Ministry of Interior Elections Directorate.
- Ministry of Interior
Tel: 210 374 1132 / 210 374 1131, 210 374 1311 / 210 374 1300 / 210 374 1130
Voting in European Parliamentary Elections
European parliamentary elections take place every five years.
Voters must be at least 18 years old on election day in order to be eligible to vote in European elections. EU nationals who have been disqualified from voting in their member state of origin are not allowed to vote in Greece.
In order to vote, citizens of EU member states must register on the electoral roll at the municipality office/town hall (Δημαρχείο/ Dimarchio) of their place of residence. Proof of identity (passport) is required and the person must fill out a registration application. The deadline for registering and standing for election is fixed by law and published in the Government Gazette.
EU citizens wanting to stand for election must be at least 25 years of age and not be disqualified from voting in their member state of origin.
EU citizens wanting to vote in the European elections of the member state of origin should contact their Embassy or Consulate for further information.
- For information on voting and standing as a candidate from the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Interior: Elections
- For information on the Electoral system
Voting in Municipal and Prefectoral Elections
Greek prefectoral and municipal elections take place every four years, usually in October. EU nationals resident in Greece and at least 18 years of age are entitled to vote and stand as a candidate. EU nationals who have been disqualified from voting in their member state of origin are not allowed to vote or stand for election.
EU citizens must register on the electoral roll at the municipality office/town hall (Δημαρχείο / Dimarchio) of their place of residence. Proof of identity (passport) is required, and the person must fill out a registration application. The deadline for registering and standing for election is fixed by law and published in the Government Gazette.
How to Vote
Voting takes place in the Municipality or Community of residence.
Voting takes place over one day, from sunrise to sunset, in general from 07:00 to 20:00. On the day of the elections, voters go to the polling station with an ID card or passport. Once their identity has been checked, the voter receives a full set of ballot papers and a marked envelope initialed by the court representative. The curtain must be pulled in the voting booth and the ballot papers must be placed in the envelope provided.
Assistance is available to voters who are physically incapable of voting. A signed and stamped voting certificate is available on request after the person has cast their ballot.