EU citizens can vote for Milan city councillors

Deadline for registration is Tuesday 26 April.

Nationals of EU member states living in Milan may vote in the local elections to be held on 5 June, as long as they have applied for registration in the electoral lists by Tuesday 26 April.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over, be resident in Milan, and confirm that they have voting rights in their country of origin. They will then be registered to vote in the elections for the renewal of the city council and the councils of Milan’s nine municipi, previously known as Consigli di Zona.

Voters will elect the next mayor of Milan and the 48 members of the city council. The leading candidate must score more than 50 per cent of votes, otherwise the run-off “ballottaggio” will be held on 19 June.

While three major political groupings have already presented their candidates – Giuseppe Sala for the Partito Democratico, Stefano Parisi for the centre-right and Gianluca Corrado for the MoVimento 5 Stelle – there is still time until 7 May for other candidates to be included in the ballots.

In each of the nine municipi making up the city, the elections will return the new president and the 30 members of the borough council. Here the leading candidate will need to score over 40 per cent to win outright, without needing to hold a run-off election two weeks later.

Applications for registration in the electoral lists must be made, free of charge, by Tuesday 26 April at the Ufficio Elettorale del Comune di Milano in Via Messina 52, open from 08.30 to 12.00 and from 14.30 to 15.30. They may also be sent by email to DSC.ElettoraleAire@comune.milano.it or by fax to the number 02 88442022; in these two cases, the application must be accompanied by a copy of a valid ID document. A multilingual application form is available on the city website.

A free transport service will be available on the election day (or days) for voters regularly registered as disabled. The city’s dedicated election website provides further information (in Italian) on the (somewhat complicated) rules on how to fill in the ballot form, how to find out where your local polling station is located, and other details, including a data bank of previous election results.