In Riga it is Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 3:16 AM

13th Latvian Parliamentary (Saeima) Election TOOLKIT

Key information:

The source of this information is the Embassy of Latvia to the U.S. and its translation to English has been prepared by ALA. For more information on the voting process and about polling stations, please visit the Embassy of Latvia’s webpage: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/usa/velesanas-2018

The 13th Latvian Parliamentary (Saeima) elections will take place on October 6, 2018. Voting is open to Latvian citizens (including dual citizens) who are at least 18 years of age on voting day and have a current (non-expired) Latvian passport. Polling stations outside of Latvia are included in the Riga voting district, thus those voting from the U.S. will have the opportunity to vote for Saeima deputy candidates registered in the Riga district.

How will U.S. residents be able to vote?

Latvian citizens in the U.S. will have the opportunity to vote in one of two ways:

1) on the election day, October 6th, voting in person at one of the official polling stations in the U.S.; 
St. Petersburg, FL
Chicago, IL
Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Detroit, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Kalamazoo, MI
Minneapolis, MN
Freehold, NJ
New York, NY
Rochester, NY
Cleveland, OH
Portland, OR
Philadelphia, PA
Houston, TX
Seattle, WA
Milwaukee, WI

2) voting by mail; registering well in advance with the Embassy of Latvia in the U.S.

You must register to vote by mail no later than September 14, 2018 by providing your Latvian passport and filled-out application to the Embassy for confirmation.

Detailed instructions for voting by mail can be found on the Embassy’s webpage. Along with the application and his or her Latvian passport, the voter will also be required to send a pre-adressed and paid return envelope. The Embassy will send voting materials to citizens registered to vote by mail between September 15 – 24, 2018.

3) If you will not have the opportunity to vote in person at one of the polling stations in the U.S., or to send your passport to the Embassy in order to register for voting via mail, please contact the ALA office at alainfo@alausa.org to see if we can help find another option for you (for example, informal courier from your city). We are happy to help each and every potential voter find a way to vote in the 13th Parliamentary elections.

About the candidates:

The following analysis was commissioned by World Federation of Free Latvians and prepared by political commentator Ivars Ījabs (in Latvian). Other independent analyses to follow soon.

“How and Why We Should Vote” – Ivars Ījabs (the first of three analyses)
“The Candidates and Their Policies” – Ivars Ījabs (the second of three analyses)

For additional assistance with obtaining voting-related information in English, please contact the ALA office: alainfo@alausa.org.