Elections 2019: Argentines Residing Abroad Participated In The Vote

Argentines voting in Madrid Credit: Foreign Ministry

On a day of record participation, Argentines living in other countries massively attended the polls to vote in the
general elections,
that will define tonight

who will be the president as of December 10, 2019. The long lines were repeated in the consulates of different cities of the world, especially in Europe and the United States, and also – as recently transcended – in Kenya.
Madrid, London, Miami, Washington and Santiago de Chile were some of the most eloquent cases.

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To promote that Argentine residents abroad be part of the elections, this year was implemented by the
Executive power vote by mail. The contact centers are 134 and correspond to consulates and consular sections within the embassies that the country has abroad.

Argentine residents voted in Santiago de Chile Source: Archive

According to official records, only 3 out of 100 Argentines
Residents abroad and able to vote did so in the 2015 presidential elections, that is, only a total of 10,000 people. But these numbers are expected to be exceeded in this election.

Spain

MADRID.- The Colegio Mayor Argentino received Argentine citizens residing in the Spanish capital, where long queues were formed to cast the vote in the 12 authorized tables.

At the time of the opening of the election, the first voters began arriving and in the first half hour 200 people had cast their vote, according to the information provided by the Argentine Embassy in Spain.

Argentines vote in Spain Credit: Silvia Pisani

Among the attendees, those present applauded Amalia Karger, a 93-year-old Argentinian, who came to fulfill her civic duty. Also in attendance were actor Luis Brandoni, who remains in Spain for work, and former Chancellor Susana Malcorra.

In Madrid we vote around 3000 Argentines and Argentines in person. You still have to add votes by mail. Around 200% increase over the 2015 elections. Commitment redoubled towards democracy and a strong need to express ourselves. (R) (R) (R) (R) (R) (R) & – Susana Malcorra (@SusanaMalcorra)
October 27, 2019

After 18 hours in Argentina, with record participation, the official vote count gave a first victory to Together for Change by Mauricio Macri. Table number 95, one of the twelve that were installed, gave the following result: out of 105 votes cast, Together for Change obtained 70; the Front for All by Alberto and Cristina Fern√°ndez, 25; and the other forces, 5 votes.

The first thing that was scrutinized in this city was the vote by mail, a system inaugurated in these elections. Of 785 envelopes, the calculation gave as follows: 525 votes for Together for Change; 175 for Fern√°ndez's formula and 35 for other forces.

France

PARIS.- The day had been announced extremely busy since the early hours. But although the participation was superior to that of the previous presidential elections, the Argentine residents in France did not rush today to put their vote at the polls. According to consular sources, of the 6500 registered, there were a total of about 900 voters, against 700 from four years ago.

United Kingdom
            

    

                    Very long line to vote in London
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The voting offices closed in London with a very large participation, almost four times higher than the 2017 legislative elections: there were around 1200 voters of the 5400 registered in the United Kingdom.

According to consular sources, which highlight the importance of these figures in the case of outsiders, where Argentine residents have no obligation to vote, the day was developed in a jovial, relaxed and civic responsibility environment.

Italy

ROME.- Four times more people than the one who voted in 2017. This is the impression that was made today at the consulate of Rome, where many Argentines living in Italy approached to vote.

On the second floor of the Via Barberini building, which has approximately 8000 people registered to vote, the flow of people was continuous. There were three tables for face-to-face voting and one table for vote by mail. The same happened at the consulate in Milan, which was overwhelmed with people lining up, according to testimonies.

When leaving the consulate of Rome, Daniel Santill√°n, a computer scientist, told
THE NATION that traveled from Ancona – a city that is almost 300 kilometers northeast – with his wife Jimena Ardini, designer, and a couple of Argentine friends to exercise their civic duty.

U.S
            

    

                    Many Argentines voting in Miami
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WASHINGTON.- Under a torrential rain, hundreds of Argentines approached the embassy in Washington early on, where no more people had voted before midday than in the 2017 election. In Miami, a video on Twitter showed a long line of several blocks.

Norma Rosi drove eight hours to travel the 800 kilometers from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the capital to vote. He arrived at the embassy soaked. "As an Argentine, I owe the vote to Argentina. I fight for a better future, I am very happy that Argentina sees a change," he said with tears in his eyes and a broken voice. This was his first vote in the United States, where he has lived for 20 years. "It is an emotion to find so many people, to feel at home. Happy," he said.

The Argentine embassy, ‚Äč‚Äčlocated on New Hampshire Avenue, a few blocks from Dupont Circle, was filled with people during the morning. There they arranged three tables on the ground floor and the patterns of the walls were hung so that people could know at which table it was their turn to vote. "I am very satisfied because Argentine institutional processes are fulfilled," he told
THE NATION the ambassador, Fernando Oris de Roa. "I think this election has motivated people to vote."

Paula, retired, 77, who asked to reserve her last name, said she never saw so many people at the embassy even though she already voted eight times in the United States, where she lives 48 years ago. "We follow the news of Argentina, one has the family, I am a US citizen for many years, but it is important to be able to participate. There is a lot of interest in the political situation of the country," he said.

The vote of Argentines in the US Source: LA NACION
                        
                
                        

                            The vote of Argentines in the US Source: LA NACION
                        
                
                        

                            The vote of Argentines in the US Source: LA NACION
                        
                
                        

                            The vote of Argentines in the US Source: LA NACION
                        

Chile
            
                
                        

                            Argentine residents voted in Santiago de Chile Source: Archive

SANTIAGO.- In an agglomeration rarely seen in elections, and attending to the context of social effervescence that Chile lives, numerous Argentine residents arrived in mass to the consulate of the capital to pay.

As a security measure, from the consulate and the embassy they enabled the gardens of the official residence to receive the voters. The diplomatic headquarters is located in Vicu√Īa Mackenna street and a few meters from Plaza Italia, the nerve center of the protests that took place during the last days.

Lorena lives in Chile 14 years ago and went to vote with her daughters
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"Now that the vote abroad is done with an automatic registration system, according to the address registered in your document, the register rose to 14,000 potential voters. In the previous election about 1400 people voted, but now that figure is certainly it will overcome, "said Rodolfo Norton, Argentine consul in Chile. "It has been a quiet process and obviously people would like it to be faster. The social context in Chile has forced us to organize this in this way. In other years the queues were out and the standards were in sight, but now we have made an operation with minimal public exposure, "the official added.

Considering the possibility of new protests during the afternoon, the Argentine residents arrived early and waited about three hours to pay. The ranks meandered through the front of the embassy, ‚Äč‚Äčlocated next to the consulate where 6 tables were set up.

Romina lives 15 years ago in Chile and was surprised with the great participation
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"We arrived at 10.15 and there is a wait of three or three and a half hours. But it is exciting to see how people are coming to vote. I had never seen so many people and many of us left wanting to see what could happen to the country, especially those of us abroad, "said Lorena Ceruti, a speech therapist originally from Olivos and living in Chile for more than a decade.

"It is something that I have never stopped doing since I arrived, it is a rite that one must fulfill as a citizen. To have rights one has to have duties," said Romina Mattei, a baker who has lived in Santiago for 15 years.

"We are on the one hand happy and excited about the number of people who have come. We have generated a very large concentration and that can cause more waiting, the fact that people are in the garden of the residence has also generated a dynamic of dialogue and meeting of the Argentines very special, "said the ambassador of Argentina in Chile, José Octavio Bordón.

Brazil
            
                
                        

                            Argentine voters in Brazil Credit: Foreign Ministry

RIO DE JANEIRO.- As has happened in the rest of the world, the
Argentine residents in Brazil came to vote in large numbers and with an enthusiasm that had not been seen for years. "Everything is happening in a very organized and quiet way. There is a lot of influx, especially in the consulates of the south of the country," he told
THE NATION Rodrigo Bardoneschi, head of the Foreign Ministry of the Argentine Embassy in Brasilia, which has been vacant since the ambassador Carlos Magari√Īos resigned in July.

In Brazil there are 21,014 Argentines who are registered and qualified to vote this year, but normally the number of citizens who are going to pay fluctuates between 8 and 10% of the census, since the vote is not mandatory for those abroad. According to the consulted authorities consulted until noon, Curitiba had already voted more than triple the historical average, while in Florianopolis, San Pablo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the numbers of voters of the last elections had already been exceeded , the 2017 legislative.

In San Pablo, the largest city in the country, 9748 Argentines are registered, Consul General Luis Castillo told this newspaper. In 2017, only 288 people had voted, but today, until the early hours of the afternoon, 600 Argentines had done it in person and 149 by mail, a system that was used for the first time.

A similar panorama was lived in Rio de Janeiro, where a long line formed at the entrance of the consulate, located in the Botafogo neighborhood. "There is a very important flow of people, much more than the previous elections. People are very enthusiastic," said the Consul General in Rio, Claudio Gutierrez.

In 2017, only 288 people had voted, but today, until the early hours of the afternoon, 600 Argentines had done it in person and 149 by mail, a system that was used for the first time

Seven years ago, the Buenos Aires sociologist Laura Acebal, 42, lives in Rio, but this was the first time she voted abroad. "I registered since I arrived, but for several reasons I did not appear in the register here until now. I think it is very important to exercise the right to vote even if I live outside, and especially when the next president is decided, with the situation in the country ", said Acebal, who until the previous day had doubts about who to support in these elections, while listening to the opinion of family and friends in Argentina. In the end, "by principles", it was decided by Nicol√°s del Ca√Īo, candidate of the Left Front.

The Cordoba merchant Carlos Zabala, 50, said he voted for the official formula of Together for Change for the re-election of President Mauricio Macri. "It takes more time to solve all the problems left by the last governments. I am willing to give it a new opportunity," he said.

Quite the opposite of the position of Buenos Aires businessman Enrique Sebastián López, 76, who 42 years ago is installed in Brazil and revealed that he leaned towards the opposition formula of Alberto Fernández-Cristina Kirchner, of the Frente de Todos. "Macri's neoliberal policies led to the discarding of many people and a huge economic breakdown. He did not keep his promises. I don't think Alberto can improve the economy quickly, but I think we have better chances with him now," he said.

While waiting in line to cast their vote, Buenos Aires Cecilia Castillo, 44, an international organization official, revealed instead that she would vote for Macri, although not by conviction.

"Personally I do not think that the return of Kirchnerism is a good option for Argentina and Macri is the only one who can compete against them. I understand that the economic situation is not good, but it is not just about economy, but about values. And, despite all the problems, I think Macri gave the country a high degree of institutionalism, "he explained.

New Zealand, the first

WELLINGTON.- More than 9 thousand kilometers and 16 hours apart, the first to pass through the dark room were the Argentines with permanent residence in
Wellington,
New Zealand, at the headquarters of the national embassy in that country. Argentines followed in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

In total there are more than 385,000 Argentines living abroad, a number similar to the number of qualified to vote in
the entire province of San Luis, which may elect president, vice, deputies and senators, if applicable to their province of origin.

Voting in New Zealand Credit: Chancellery
                        
            
                
                        

                            Voting in New Zealand Credit: Chancellery
                        
Switzerland
            

    

                    Awesome queue to vote in Switzerland
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Malaysia
            
                
                        

                            In Malaysia: Argentines living abroad vote Credit: Foreign Ministry
                        
Other countries

With the collaboration of José Costa, Elisabetta Piqué (Italy), Luisa Corradini (France), Silvia Pisani (Spain), Rafael Mathus Ruiz (USA), Víctor García (Chile) and Alberto Armendáriz (Brazil)

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