The Repulic of Korea, an exemplary democracy ina global era!
We enjoy freedom and rights based on democratic elections.
But did you know that there are 2.8 million Koreans around the world besides 50 million living in Korea?
Now, overseas Koreans can exercise their rights to vote as citizens of Korea.
Finally, Long-awaited overseas voting is conducted in 2012!
The very first page of Korea's election history written together with overseas Koreans!
Shall we begin now?
The first step for overseas Koreans and the Republic of Korea to come together as one!
Overseas voting procedures are little different from domestic voting procedures.
Let's find out more about overseas voting, now.
Overseas Korean citizens who are 19 and over can vote from overseas.
Voters are divided into overseas absentees and overseas voters.
Overseas absentees are overseas Koreans who are registered or reported as residents in Korea.
Overseas voters are overseas Koreans who are NOT registered or reported as residents in Korea.
To vote from abroad in the National Assembly elections on April 11, 2012,
you must register as either an overseas absentee or as an overseas voter.
Registration dates are from November 13, 2011 to February 11, 2012.
Here is how you register.
Overseas absentees need to report to the head of the Gu/Si/Gun of the registered residence.
To report from overseas, you can either visit the overseas missions to submit the application or submit by mail.
Please don't forget to attach a copy of your passport along with the application.
However, overseas voters must register in person.
Unlike absentees, overseas voters have to submit copies of document of citizenship in addition to the passport,
such as visas, resident alien cards, certificate of long-term stay, foreigner registration card, etc,
as announced by the overseas returning officer.
Please bring the original documents with you.
Please note that you cannot register without the original documents.
Now that you're ready, let's fill out the application.
Please enter your name, date of birth, Korean resident registration number,
address of foreign residence, and your contact information.
Then sign and seal.
Overseas voters need to provide the name of either parent.
There are elections for both the district representatives and the proportional representatives.
Let's find out in whict elections overseas absentees and overseas voters can participate.
Overseas absentees who are registered as residents in Korea
can vote in both the elections for the district and the proportional representatives.
However, overseas absentees reported as residents, but are staying outside of Korea, and overseas voters,
can only vote in the election for proportional representatives.