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October 19, 2021

Judiciary Cttee endorses adoption of bill on voting in the Diaspora. Vote in the House scheduled on Wednesday

On Tuesday, the Judiciary Committee adopted a report endorsing the adoption of the bill extending to three days the voting process in the Diaspora. House lawmakers will vote on the bill on Wednesday, the House having the last say in this case.

The bill amending some legislative acts from the electoral legislation received the endorsement of the House Judiciary Committee, with amendments. The endorsement was adopted in a 12-10 vote.

The admitted amendments to the bill include one concerning the publication of exit polls only after 12 a.m. on the last day of voting.

Likewise, a controversial amendment brought up during the committee’s debates concerned the drafting of supplementary lists of voters on paper support. The amendment was eventually admitted, on condition that this would occur only in case the IT system used for monitoring voter turnout and preventing illegal voting no longer works. The amendment was introduced by the PNL and USR House groups.

The USR House group wanted the number of signatures that a candidate needs to enter the presidential elections cut from 200,000 to 50,000, but the amendment was rejected.

The House will vote on the bill on Wednesday, as the legislative body having the last say on it, after the Senate adopted the bill on Monday.

According to its provisions, Romanian expats will be able to vote during a period of three days, from Friday to Sunday.

The legislation has been supplemented so that voters who are in line when polling stations close, namely at 9 p.m., will be able to cast their ballots by 11.59 p.m.

Another modification introduces postal voting for presidential elections. Likewise, the voting process has been simplified through the automation of supplementary lists of voters.

The legislative act also introduces the Foreign Ministry’s obligation to request information on the number of Romanians in the Diaspora.

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