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Ticos living abroad can vote in 2014

For the first time in history, Costa Ricans older than 18 and living abroad can vote in general elections, as long as they’re registered with Costa Rican embassies or consulates in their countries of residence.

For the 2014 general elections, Costa Ricans in other countries will have to register in the period established by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and then will be able to vote at embassies or consulates. 

Some 50,000 Costa Ricans living abroad currently are registered with the electoral census. 

Once polls close, embassies and consulates will report results via the Internet to electoral officials. The actual votes will then be sent by mail to be counted and registered. 

General elections are scheduled for the first Sunday in February, 2014, in which Costa Ricans will vote for president, two vice presidents and 57 legislators. 

Costa Rica’s president serves for a period of four years.

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