Electors rights and responsibilities


Who can vote?

Those who can vote in the referendum on the self-determination of Catalonia on the 1st October 2017 include:

  • Those who have the political condition of “Catalan”, are 18 or more on the voting day, are not under any of the situations that legally deprive the right to vote and are on the electoral roll.
  • Those Catalans currently residing abroad and who have their last residence in Catalonia, fulfil all the legal requirements, and have formally applied to take part in the voting process.


How can I vote?

You can exercise your right to vote by:

  • Paper ballot at the polling point.
  • The specific voting procedure for those Catalans residing abroad.


If I turn 18 on the voting day, can I vote?

Yes, you can. All those citizens turning 18 on the 1st of October 2017 will be able to vote.

Participation of workers


If the day of the vote is a working day, do I have the right to leave my place of work?

Yes you do. The Government of Catalonia will dictate the relevant regulations so that voters working on 1st October may have, during working hours, up to four hours to the exercise the right of suffrage. These hours will be paid.

If you are a part-time worker, a proportional reduction of this leave will apply.


If I enjoy this leave, can the company discount the time not worked from my salary? Will I have to recover the time of absence?

No. This is paid and non-recoverable leave.


Who determines when to use the hours granted for voting?

It is up to the employer to determine the exact times when the worker may vote, although these must coincide with the times established for voting.


Do I have to provide the company a document justifying this leave?

Yes. Employers have the right to ask their workers to submit proof that they have voted, as issued by the corresponding polling point officers.


Do I have the right to enjoy this permit if my workday begins during night shift the night before the voting day and ends at 8.30 a.m. of the day of the vote?

No. Workers with a working day that does not coincide totally or partially with established voting times do not have the right to the aforementioned leave.


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