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Independent Electoral Commission
Follow the link below to find out if you are registered to vote and where your voting station is. You will need to enter your ID number.
Voter registration details
Elections 2014: Voter Registration of South Africans Abroad
A South African citizen who is out of the country and wishes to apply for voter registration must be in possession of a South African identity document and a valid South African passport.
The process is immediately open and will take place until Friday, 7 February 2014.
Those who cannot register during working hours can enroll during two special registration weekends – 18-19 January and 25-26 January 2014.
The Registration System:
To apply for registration, applicants must, in person, submit the completed application form (REC1/ OC form), together with their Green bar-coded identity document, valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC – valid for 2 months) or Smart Card and a valid South African passport to the Special Registration Officer at those foreign missions where registration services will be rendered. Only South African citizens who are not on the voters’ roll are required to register.
Check out the nearest South African Mission to your location:
- South African Consulate General in Chicago, IL
- South African Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
- South African Consulate General in New York, NY
- South African Embassy in Washington, DC
A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. It is best for such a person to check his/her registration status on www.elections.org.za If the person discovers that he/she is not registered to vote then the person is advised to register to vote from abroad. Importantly, if a registered voter intends to vote outside of the RSA, that person will need to complete an online VEC 10 form (which will be available on www.elections.org.za) once the President of the RSA proclaims the date of the 2014 elections and within 15 days from the proclamation date. More details in this regard are available on www.elections.org.za.
The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 states that RSA citizens may apply in person to register to vote, and to vote from RSA Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. The law does not provide for such opportunities outside of these locations.
The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 makes provision for voters abroad to vote in the national election only, and not provincial elections.
Eligibility to Register:
To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:
- Be a South African citizen;
- Be 16 years of age or older;
- Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
- Possess a valid South African passport and
- Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid South African passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.
Please note: Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.
NB: Technical Difficulty with Voice Messages
Please note that the voicemail server for all South African missions in the United States is currently down. As a result, we can receive calls but we cannot receive voice messages. If you need to contact our offices urgently and cannot reach our staff, please send us emails instead. We thank you for your patience.
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