Right of EU citizens resident in Italy to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections

The application must be submitted at least 40 days before voting.

The application for inclusion on the electoral roll must specify your:

  • citizenship;

  • residence;

  • address in country of origin;

  • request for inclusion in the resident population register for the municipality, if you are not already entered in that register;

  • request for subsequent inclusion on the electoral roll.

Along with the application, you must submit self-certification of a valid identity document.

EU citizens included on the electoral roll remain registered until they request that their name be removed or it is automatically removed.

Even if an EU citizen requests that they be included on the electoral roll, there is no obligation to vote, nor is there any sanction for failure to exercise the right to vote.

Inclusion on the electoral roll enables an EU citizen to vote in mayoral and municipal council elections and constituency elections.

Citizens of an EU Member State, if included on the electoral roll, may stand for election to the municipal council but not for election as mayor. They may also be appointed as a member of the executive, but not as deputy mayor.

Relevant legislation

Law No 52 of 6 February 1996 on fulfilling the obligations arising from Italy’s membership of the European Community – 1994 Community Law

https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/1996/02/10/096G0038/sg

Legislative Decree No 197 of 12 April 1996 implementing Directive 94/80/EC laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals