Important information on voting for dual-citizens

VOTE

One of the followers of this blog recently received important information from the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C., regarding registering to vote. Coming up is an election — after the fallout from PM Juncker resigning — so this is appropriate timing. Unfortunately, any recently naturalized dual-citizens have missed the deadline to register for voting.

While this post applies to those who have already obtained dual-citizenship, it’s nevertheless something of which prospective dual-citizens of the Grand Duchy should be aware if they wish to participate in Luxembourgian democracy in the future.

Below are two emails between the follower of this blog and an agent consulaire from the Washington, D.C. office. I have left the contact information for the agent consulaire, named Boris Soudakoff, in case anyone would like to contact him with further questions about voting outside of Luxembourg or any other relevant inquiry.

——————————————————–

Dear Mr. ———,

After having discussed about this with the relevant authorities, it appears that persons residing permanently in the USA may vote and are indeed automatically registered. Send urgently the request form, see attachment and a simple copy of your passport to the City of Luxembourg at the address I previously gave to you. See her below.

Best regards,

Boris Soudakoff
Agent consulaire – Consular officer

Ambassade du Luxembourg à Washington
Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington
2200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20008

Tel: +1 (202) 265-4171
Website: http://washington.mae.lu/en

—–Original Message—–
From: Luxembassy Was [mailto:luxembassy.was@mae.etat.lu]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:50 PM
To: ‘——————‘
Subject: FW: Contact depuis le site Washington

Dear Mr. ——–,

Upon my message of this morning, I can unfortunately confirm that it is too late for you to get registered as a voter for the upcoming October 20, 2013 election.

The quality of voter for the legislative elections is confirmed by the registration on the voting list until the 86th day (13th Friday) before the elections.

Nevertheless you may still do so in order to get register for future elections which are held every five years.

Best regards,

Boris Soudakoff

—–Original Message—–
From: Luxembassy Was [mailto:luxembassy.was@mae.etat.lu]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:45 PM
To: ‘—— ——-‘
Cc: ‘Jean-Louis Wolzfeld’
Subject: RE: Contact depuis le site Washington

Dear Mr. ———,

Congratulations on your newly recovered Luxembourg nationality.

We would appreciate to get your complete data so that we could register you on our lists.

Regarding the upcoming anticipated elections, we have not received the official note from Luxembourg yet in order to inform our nationals residing in the USA. Nevertheless, your case is a bit out of the standard because as an American born you never actually lived in Luxembourg and as such were never registered as a resident and a voter. It means that you must first take this step and get registered with the central administration in Luxembourg city.

The next legislative elections will be held on October 20, 2013. You must register as a voter no later than 86 days before the election date. Here below and attached I am sending you the complete information on how that works. It is unfortunately in French, but next to the National language which is Luxembourgish – Letzebuergesch, the main official language is French. Should you have some trouble understanding, get back to me any time.

One of their prerequisites is to submit a certified copy of your Luxembourg passport.

Concerning the certification of your passport, a US notary is not legally authorized to certify any non US document, and thus certainly not our national passports. We do offer such a service. The administrative fee is of 20USDpayable by money order only to “Embassy of Luxembourg”. We would ask you to send us your passport as soon as you can, waving in your case the fact that I should normally need to see you in person, and provide either a Fedex account number or a prepaid Fedex envelope – we use Fedex only for express and secured shipping- in order for us to ship your passport and legalized copy back to you.

http://www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/citoyennete/elections/elections-legislatives/vote-correspondance-elections-legislatives/index.html

http://www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/citoyennete/elections/elections-legislatives/inscription-listes-electorales-legislatives/index.html

http://www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/citoyennete/elections/elections-legislatives/inscription-listes-electorales-legislatives/index.html

http://www.syvicol.lu/wp-content/uploads/LUXEMBOURG3.pdf

Additional contact for the City of Luxembourg

Pour prendre contact avec l’Administration communale de la Ville de Luxembourg, vous pouvez •appeler le +352 4796-1
•e-mail: admcommunale@vdl.lu

•mailing address

Administration communale de la Ville de Luxembourg Hôtel de Ville
L-2090 Luxembourg

Most sincerely,

Boris Soudakoff

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s