Mail-in ballot surge adds to 26-J election uncertainty

Applications for mail-in ballots for upcoming 26th June general elections have surged. Photo: EFE via 20minutos
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• Requests for 26th June mail-in ballots have quintupled, says Interior Ministry
• Election day falls on end of three-day ‘Noche de San Juan’ holiday weekend

A sharp surge in requests for mail-in ballots has generated additional uncertainty for Spain’s upcoming 26th June general elections, with the number of requests quintupling those received by the Interior Ministry at the same stage prior to last December’s first round of elections.

The mail-in ballot requests are believed by some to be linked to the timing of the election, which falls on Sunday 26th June at the end of a three-day puente weekend kicked off the night of 23-24 June with the annual nationwide, all-night Noche de San Juan (Night of St. John) celebrations.

Given widely varying voter survey results in the run-up to the second round and with anticipated voter apathy predicted over the failure of first-round elections to secure a government for any party, observers are at odds to say which voter demographic is requesting the ballots and which party is most likely to gain from any mail-in vote surge.

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