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About overseas election

Last update date March 20, 2019

Even if is in foreign country; of national election of Japan can vote

Live abroad;; is system to arrange opportunity of the right to vote use of national election to Japanese 18 years or older.

You apply for registration to overseas electoral list to be abroad, and to vote, and please receive grant of "overseas election testimony of a witness".

※We need around two months so that overseas election testimony of a witness is issued. As you are not in time even if applied just before election, please apply with margin.

The way of registration application to overseas electoral list

(1) When apply at the time of the departure in the country << the departure application >>; (PDF: 634KB)

●Registration qualification
; the address ground which is registered with electoral list last in Japanese citizens 18 years or older.
※It does not apply to person receiving civil rights stop.

●Submission method of application
After having submitted notice of the change of address to foreign territory, please apply at window of ward board of elections. In addition, through substitute person, we can apply by applications which the person signed.

Overseas electoral list registration move application (PDF: 124KB)
The overseas electoral list registration move application items mentioned change registration form (PDF: 132KB)
Proposal book (PDF: 48KB)

<thing necessary for application by applicant>
・Overseas electoral list registration move application
・Identity verification documents (passport, my number card, driver's license)

<thing necessary for application of substitute person who received commission from applicant>
・Overseas electoral list registration move application
・Identity verification documents of applicant
・Proposal book of applicant
・Identity verification documents of one coming to window

※During period when we can apply, it is intervals from day when we submitted notice of the change of address to scheduled transference date listed in notice of the change of address.

About procedure, please ask city and district board of elections in detail.

●About report of residence
As you confirm overseas address by report of residence and enroll in overseas electoral list, please submit after the residence immediately abroad.

(2) When we apply in foreign territory << government establishment abroad application >>

●Registration qualification
; one which has address in jurisdiction of consul (ambassador and consul general) having jurisdiction over address sequentially in Japanese citizens 18 years or older more than three months.
※Registration application is possible at time within three months.
※It is not for catching person who lost Japanese nationality by naturalization to the residence country, civil rights stop.

●Submission method of application
Please apply to consul window of government establishment abroad (embassy and the consulate general) with application. We can apply at the time of submission of report of residence at the same time. In addition, through living together families listed in report of residence, we can apply by applications which the person signed.
※There is application in Japanese Embassy and the consulate general. In addition, it is available on homepage of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Reception hours is reception hours of consul window of government establishment abroad.

●Registration municipality of overseas electoral list
As a general rule, it becomes municipality board of elections of the last address ground in Japan. But one corresponding to any of the following becomes municipality board of elections of permanent address at the time of application.
・Person (one where resident certificate has been never made) who has not lived in birth, Japan in foreign territory
・One (but submission of notice of the change of address becomes board of elections of municipality of the last address ground when resident certificate is deleted by being late after May 1, 1994 (Heisei 6).) that was left by April 30, 1994 (Heisei 6)

●Passport and proof submission of documents
・Passport
※When there are circumstances and cannot submit passport, documents proving social position as a substitute for passport are necessary. As it may vary according to country, areas, which does not have passport with it, please refer to government establishment abroad of the jurisdiction for these documents.

・Documents (e.g.,: housing lease agreement, the residence certificate, inhabitants registration document, receipt of electricity, gas of address mention) which prove that we live from the date when we established address in jurisdiction of consul submitting application to registration application day
※Person staying abroad more than three months is to have you submit the residence notice by Passport Law Article 16. When they submit this residence notice to government establishment abroad of the jurisdiction more than three months ago, documents of (2) are unnecessary. Person who does not submit the residence notice will submit early.

Methods of overseas ballot

Target election

It is election of member of the House of Representatives and member of the House of Councilors. (including by-election, re-election)

Electoral district which we can elect

It becomes belonging electoral district of registered municipality.

Vote method

(1) Government establishment abroad vote

At government establishment abroad (embassy and the consulate general) establishing vote mention place, we show overseas election testimony of a witness and passport and can vote. Please refer to government establishment abroad of the jurisdiction for government establishment abroad establishing vote mention place.
As a general rule, period, time when we can vote is until from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until day decided for each vote mention place from the next day of public announcement (notification) day of election. (as period, time when we can vote varies according to vote mention places, please refer to each government establishment abroad z.)

(2) Postal vote

To domestic municipality board of elections registered with overseas electoral list, we request ballot by sending bill and overseas election testimony of a witness by international mail and can vote.

Bill

Request of ballot until four days before date of election. In addition, it is just on that day, and the bill concerned arrives at member of municipality election administration society, and cry; mule is not precocious.
List of candidate name and names of belonging political party, list of list report political parties are placed for government establishment abroad and are published in homepage of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Kanagawa board of elections.

※As ballots are sent to address listed in overseas election testimony of a witness, please provide notification of change without forgetting when address changes.

※If overseas elector lists in overseas electoral list registration application, we can receive ballot in "the emergency contact number of the residence place" except address.

※Please send written ballot to board of elections to arrive at polling place at the polling place closure time (until normal 8:00 p.m.) of election day in Japan.

※It is expected that postal vote needs the considerable days depending on area. As we can request ballot anytime, in consideration of the mail days, we recommend that we request early.

(3) Vote in Japan
We show overseas election testimony of a witness till it is enrolled in domestic electoral list after case and returning home that returned home at the time of election at one time and, from the next day on public announcement (notification) day to the day before in election date, can vote by procedure, as a general rule, same as domestic early vote, absentee vote. In addition, on the day, in domestic appointed polling place, we can vote. About procedure of returning home vote, please ask domestic municipality board of elections beforehand.

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