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Update day: August 2, 2018

Overseas ballot

 Person living abroad can vote for national election of Japan. We apply for registration to overseas electoral list to vote, and it is necessary to receive grant of overseas election testimony of a witness.

 Conventionally, application of registration was limited to application (government establishment abroad application) to perform at overseas government establishment abroad, but, as for the (including person who will have qualification registered with electoral list by scheduled transference date) registered with electoral list of ward where we submitted overseas notice of the change of address to from June 1, 2018, board of elections of the ward before transferring abroad between concerned came to be able to perform "application (the departure application) of move of registration from electoral list to overseas electoral list".       

 In addition, for more information about overseas ballot system, please refer to homepage of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Application method of overseas electoral list registration

① The departure application

 Application qualification

  •  Age; person who has Japanese nationality 18 years or older
  •  Ward where we submitted overseas notice of the change of address to (including person who will have qualification registered with electoral list by scheduled transference date) where it is enrolled in electoral list

    ※ It does not apply to person receiving civil rights stop.

    ※ After registration to overseas electoral list confirmed that applicant set address abroad; board of elections of ward is line

      Please submit the residence notice to the nearest government establishment abroad after ukototonarimasunode, the departure immediately.      

 How to apply 

  After the submission of overseas notice of the change of address, you received commission from applicant or applicant, and please apply directly at window of board of elections of ward. During period when we can apply, it is interval until the day on scheduled transference date listed in notice of the change of address from submission day of notice of the change of address.

 

  Required document

 When applicant applies

     (example) one point of confirmation :  Documents (passport, my number car which Japan where had photograph of the face or local public entity issued

                 do, driver's license)

                ※ Because you use passport number for confirmation of address in foreign territory, please show passport as much as possible.

         ・Two points of confirmation :   From next a, each i one point (or with two points of a)

         A… Documents (copy of a person's family register, abridgment, resident's card which Japan where did not have photograph of the face or local public entity issued

            Health insurance card, pension book, the tax payment certificate)

         i… Documents (employee ID card of company, credit card with photograph of the face) which private enterprises where had photograph of the face issued

 When person (receive person of job) who received commission from applicant applies
  • Overseas electoral list registration move application (PDF: 74KB) (thing that applicant signed)                                           
  •  Identity verification documents (we agree with the above) of applicant
  • Report; book (PDF: 29KB) (thing that applicant signed)                                                                 
  •  Identity verification documents (like identity verification documents of applicant) of person coming to window   
 When, after the application submission, application contents have change
  • The overseas electoral list registration move application items mentioned change notification form (PDF: 61KB) (thing that applicant signed)                              When there is change in interval before receiving grant of overseas election testimony of a witness about application contents, after the submission of application, please submit.                                                                         (example) when set address in foreign territory listed as transference of application and different address

         ・ When there is change in full name or permanent domicile

② Government establishment abroad application

 Application qualification

  •  Age; person who has Japanese nationality 18 years or older
  •  Consul (ambassador and consul general) having jurisdiction over address having address sequentially in jurisdiction more than three months or possibility to have address in jurisdiction more than three months (it will be registered after the confirmation that this case, consul had address more than three months).

    ※ It does not apply to person receiving civil rights stop.

 How to apply

 Please apply to consul having jurisdiction over address where living together families of applicant or applicant live directly.

※ Applications are provided for government establishment abroad. In addition, it is available on homepage of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

 Required document

  When applicant applies
  •  Overseas electoral list registration application
  •  Identity verification documents (the presentation of passport is principle, but please show the following documents when we return for update, and there are special circumstances that we cannot show passport to)

    (example) one point of confirmation :  Japan Government, local public entity having photograph of the face or the government, local public entity of the residence country issues

                Documents (driver's license, alien registration card, stay permit, work permit, student identification card of national and public universities) which we did

        ・Two points of confirmation :   From next a, each i one point (or with two points of a)

         A… Japan Government, local public entity where did not have photograph of the face or the government, local public entity of the residence country issued

            Documents (copy of a person's family register, abridgment, resident's card, health insurance card, pension book, the tax payment certificate)

         i… Documents (employee ID card of company, student identification card of private university, with photograph of the face which private enterprises where had photograph of the face issued

            Come credit cards)

  •  Documents (e.g.,: housing lease, stay permit of address mention, the residence certificate, receipt of electricity, gas of address mention) which prove that we have address in a series of culls until registration application day in jurisdiction of consul having jurisdiction over address
    ※ Person staying abroad more than three months is to have you submit the residence notice by Passport Law Article 16. When they submit the residence notice to government establishment abroad of the jurisdiction more than three months of overseas electoral list registration application ago, the documents concerned are submission-free. 
 When we apply through living together families

  In addition to the above document, the next documents are necessary.

  • Indicating what applicant entrusted living together families with report; book
  • Passports (identification card except passport is not recognized) such as living together families

 Method of vote

 We do registration application to overseas electoral list, and overseas election testimony of a witness is issued when enrolled in overseas electoral list. By showing overseas election testimony of a witness, can vote for national election. Method of vote is three ways of next.

① Government establishment abroad vote

 We go to government establishment abroad and we show overseas election testimony of a witness and passport and vote.

② Postal vote

 We enclose overseas election testimony of a witness, and ballot is mailed to board of elections of ward enrolled in overseas electoral list at hand by mail when we request ballot. We fill out the paper and can vote by mail.

③ Vote in Japan

 As for (after the making of resident's card three months), 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 one time and can vote by the next method.

  • We vote in polling place which board of elections of municipality of registration place appointed on election day.
  • We vote in early vote place that board of elections of municipality of registration place appointed during early vote period.
  • We request ballots from board of elections of registration place and make absentee vote in the board of elections of municipality of accommodation.                                                               

   ※ Please confirm all in detail in board of elections of registration place.

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