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Ticos abroad will be able to register online to vote

The Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) is developing a software application that will allow Ticos abroad to register through the Internet. That will mean they won’t have to visit a Costa Rican consulate to do so.

Currently, Ticos who are abroad and wishing to vote in the upcoming 2014 elections must register with the nearest consular office. They must bring a recent passport-sized photograph with blue background and fill out a form to be handled by consulate officials.

A change in the country’s Electoral Code in 2009 states that Ticos registered in other countries must have access to vote. It also states that the registration system must be up and running by Feb. 1, 2014 (the date of the next presidential election).

For procedures, an authorized consulates list and more info on the online registration platform, you can visit the TSE’s website at:

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