Can You Vote in Hungary in Local Gov't & European Parliament Elections?

  • 16 May 2024 12:52 PM
Can You Vote in Hungary in Local Gov't & European Parliament Elections?
Are you living in Hungary as a citizen of another EU country, a non-EU country or as a refugee? This guide by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union will help you find out if and how you can vote in the upcoming local (municipal) elections and elections to the European Parliament as a non-Hungarian citizen.

In 2024, these two elections will be held on the same day, 9 June. Who has the right to vote? 

You can vote in local elections if
- you are over the age of eighteen with European Union citizenship who is resident in Hungary,
- have been granted refugee status,
- you have long-term residence in Hungary.

Furthermore, you have to register as a voter by the 24th of May 16:00.

You can find more information on the website of the National Election Office. This means that only EU citizens who are resident in Hungary can vote in both elections.

How to vote

On voting day, bring your valid documents with you. If you are voting in your temporary place of residence, pay particular attention to validity.

You must sign the electoral roll and then you can go to a voting booth to vote. You have to write a clearly visible x on the ballot next to the appropriate number of candidates.

In general, you can vote for only one candidate per ballot, except for the municipalities with less than 10 000 citizens (see below). You should then put the ballot in the ballot box.


MTI Photo: Zoltán Balogh

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