European elections, the vote for non-residents has arrived. But not for the Municipalities

An amendment presented by Fratelli d’Italia provides for the possibility for non-resident students to vote outside their municipality of residence on the occasion of the election day of 8 and 9 June. However, voting is only foreseen for the European elections: to vote also in the municipal elections it will be necessary to return home

In the next European elections which will be held in June, non-resident students will be able to vote in the city where they study. However, if they make use of this new possibility, they will not be able to vote in the municipal elections of their city of origin which will take place on election day on 8 and 9 June. This is what is foreseen in an amendment by FdI to the electoral decree filed with the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Senate, which will begin examining the approximately 40 proposed amendments this week. The same Commission is examining a bill with general rules on voting for non-residents. This is a text introduced in the Chamber on the initiative of the Pd and M5s, but “emptied” by the majority (as later happened with the minimum wage) which introduced a delegation to the government to be exercised within 24 months. Today FdI presented an amendment to the electoral decree which would make the rule applicable starting from the European elections on 8 and 9 June.

How non-locals vote

The amendment provides for two different situations: when the non-resident student is in a municipality different from his own but in the same electoral district (for example a Calabrian boy studying in Naples), he votes in the city of temporary domicile in a specific electoral section: being the same parties and the same candidates there are no problems for the counts. However, when the non-resident student is in a city that falls within another electoral constituency (for example the same Calabrian boy studies in Rome or Milan), then the student votes in a special electoral section of the regional capital, where he will be able to vote for the parties and candidates of the constituency where your municipality falls. To exercise this possibility, the non-resident must submit an application to their municipality of origin within 35 days of the vote, thus activating the procedure. FdI therefore returns to a theme that it had also made its own during the election campaign.

The node of the Municipalities

However, the amendment has raised doubts among the opposition not only due to the fact that it only applies to these European elections, but because it partly contradicts the decree itself which instead merged the European and municipal elections of spring 2024. Therefore, if the municipality of origin of the off-site should be one of the 3,702 (out of a total of 7,896 Italians) in which the mayor is elected, the student should renounce this vote if he wants to take advantage of the off-site vote instead for the European elections; or if he also wants to vote for the mayor as well as for the European elections, he will have to go home.