Local-government elections will take place on 21 October 2018. Residents of Warsaw will elect their mayor, city and district councillors, and provincial assembly members. All the information you might need about the elections is provided below.
Local-government elections will take place on Sunday, 21 October 2018. You can vote from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Voting in social welfare homes, hospitals, penitentiary institutions, and jails may be finished at 6.00 p.m. at the earliest, provided that all voters included in the Electoral Register for the relevant precinct have voted.
How we vote?
You will receive four ballots: for the district council – yellow, for the Warsaw City Council – grey, for the provincial assembly – blue, for the Mayor of Warsaw – pink.
To vote for a Warsaw City Councillor and a District Councillor, please mark “X” next to the name of one candidate from one candidate list;
To vote for the Mayor, please mark “X” next to the name of one candidate.
No comments or drawings made on or names added to the ballot will invalidate the ballot or your vote.
But if you do not put an “X” in any box next to any candidate on any list, your vote will be invalid.
Where we vote?
You can vote in your local polling station, where the local precinct election commission will be located.
Usually, this will be the same place you might have voted in during the previous election. If this is the first time you will be voting or you have moved and don’t know where to vote, you can use our search engine
Information about voting date, hours, and methods, vote validity requirements, and the possibility for voters with disabilities to vote by post or by proxy will be sent to your postbox no later than 21 days before the election date, i.e. 1 October 2018.
Voters with disabilities can vote in polling stations adjusted to their needs and located in their district, provided that they have been entered in the Electoral Register.
In local-government elections, you vote in the district in which you live. You may not vote in any other district or abroad.
Vote without registered residence
If you are not registered for residence purposes in the district in which you live, you can still vote there. All you need is register with the Electoral Register.
The Mayor of Warsaw is elected in direct elections for a five-year term. The Mayor is an executive authority of the City Council.
The winner of the elections is the person who has received more than half of all valid votes. If no candidate obtains such support, the second round of voting is carried out. Two candidates with the highest number of votes qualify for the second round which takes place two weeks after the first.
Councillors take part in Warsaw City Council sessions, which are usually held twice a month, and in Warsaw City Council Commission meetings. They can also make inquiries and parliamentary questions. In addition, they are available for meetings with residents during specific office hours. [ACTIVE LINK]
Lists of candidates to the Warsaw City Council are submitted by the electoral committees of political parties, party coalitions, organisations and voters. Candidates to the City Council may not at the same time run for a district council and the Mazowieckie Province Assembly.
Warsaw is divided into nine electoral precincts. Each precinct has five to eight councillors.
The number of councillors to be elected in each precinct depends on its number of residents.
Warsaw is divided into 18 districts. Districts are the City’s auxiliary units and operate on the basis of their respective statutes enacted by the Warsaw City Council. Each district has a District Council as its legislative body.
Each district is divided into election precincts which elect 5 to 8 councillors. Lists of candidates are submitted by the electoral committees of political parties, party coalitions, organisations and voters.
Candidates to the District Council may not at the same time run for a District Council and the Warsaw City Council or the Mazowieckie Province Assembly.
The number of councillors in each district depends on the number of its residents and ranges from 21 to 28. In total, 425 District Councillors will be elected in Warsaw.
District Councillors represent voters, maintain and manage relationships with residents and their organisations, and accept suggestions and present them to district managements for assessment. They also work within District Councils and make key decisions related to such issues as budgeting, security, transport/communication, culture, environmental protection, etc. https://bip.warszawa.pl/Menu_podmiotowe/dzielnice/rada_dzielnicy.htm
District Councils are elected for five-year terms.
Mazowieckie Province Assembly
The Mazowieckie Province Assembly is a legislative body of the Mazowieckie Province Local Government.
The Mazowieckie Province Assembly has 51 Members who are elected in seven electoral precincts from the lists of candidates submitted by the electoral committees of political parties, party coalitions, organisations and voters.
In Warsaw, 15 Members are elected for a five-year term in three electoral precincts.
Candidates to the Province Assembly may not be running at the same time for a district council or the City Council.
What does the Mazowieckie Province Assembly do? Among other things, it makes decisions about regional rail, specialist hospitals in towns, social services, universities, and transport in the region. The Assembly also decides which projects in the Mazowieckie Province are considered crucial, and which are of secondary importance.
You may vote in the local-government elections to be held on 21 October 2018, if: on the day of the elections you are 18 or older, you are registered with the Electoral Register, you have not been deprived of the right to vote by a court ruling, you have not been declared legally incapacitated.
If you are registered for permanent residence, you are automatically registered with the Electoral Register. If you: have de-registered for permanent residence, have reported that you are going abroad and intend to stay there, live in your district without being registered for permanent residence, or have no residence but you live in your district,
you will be able to vote, provided that you make a written request for registration with the Electoral Register.
Please, submit the request to your local district office.
Can I vote in the place where I am registered for temporary residence?
In local-government elections, you may vote only in your place of permanent residence (registration).
Exceptions to this rule include people who stay in hospitals, sanatoriums, social welfare homes, penitentiary institutions or jails, where voting precincts have been established. But, such institutions need to be located within the same province as the commune/district in which the voter lives on a permanent basis.
In local-government elections, you may not vote on the basis of a certificate confirming your right to vote.
I am an EU citizen but not a citizen of Poland
If you are an EU citizen, but not a Polish citizen you may still vote in the elections to district councils and an election for a city mayor. However, you have to be included in the district council's electoral register.
You should submit an application to the local administration office in the district where you live.
Your application form must include: 1. your surname and name(s), 2. your father's name, 3. your date of birth, 4. your passport number or the name and number of another ID, 5. your address of permanent residence or the address of your last permanent residence In Poland
Your application must be accompanied by: 1. a copy of your valid ID; 2. a written statement of your citizenship and of the address of your permanent residence In the territory of the Republic of Poland.
Notice: If the documents are not In the Polish language, you must submit them along with their certified translations into Polish. This also applies to other documents submitted by EU citizens who are not citizens of Poland.
You have a right to vote if: 1. you are 18 or are turning 18 on the election day at the latest; 2. you are a permanent resident in a given district; 3. you have not been deprived of your public rights by a final court ruling; 4. you have not been incapacitated by a final court ruling.
If you are an EU citizen, but not a Polish citizen you are not allowed to vote in the elections to the City Council nor to the Sejmik of the Mazowieckie Province (the Province Assembly).
Entry into the electoral register results in you being included in the electoral register and in the register of residents entitled to vote in a referendum in the place of your permanent residence in any ensuing election or referendum held within the district.
People permanently staying in a district not registered for permanent residence, the homeless and residence of the district living at an address different from their registered address of residence will be enrolled in the register provided that they apply for this in writing to the local administration office of the district where they are staying.
The application should include your surname, first name(s), father's name, date of birth and PESEL identification number. Your application should be accompanied by a copy of a valid ID and a written statement declaring your citizenship and your address of registered permanent residence or providing your last address of registered residence.
It is the city mayor who decides whether to enter or refuse to enter a person in an electoral register within a period of 3 days of submitting an application.
If you have been refused to be entered in an electoral register, you have the right to appeal against the refusal to a relevant district court via the body which has issued the refusal.
The appeal should be lodged within 3 days of being served the decision.
The electoral census
The electoral census is a registry of all the citizens who have the right to vote in an election.
The electoral census for every electoral district is drawn up by the head of the local authority (the mayor or the president of a city) based on the electoral census. A voter may be included in only one electoral census.
The electoral census is made available in the district office. Each voter may check if they have been included in the electoral census between 1 and 13 October 2018.
Voting in hospitals and other locations
If on the election day you are in a hospital, a sanatorium, a social welfare home, prison or in police custody you may vote there provided that the facility is in the same voivodeship as you district whose electoral register you are included in.
The head of this institution will inform you that you have been included in the electoral census for an electoral district in that institution. Voters in one of the abovementioned types of institutions located in:
1. the district whose electoral register you are included in – they will receive voting ballots in the elections to local district council, the Warsaw City Council, the Province Assembly (the Sejmik of the Mazowieckie Province) and in the election of a city mayor;
2. the district within the city of Warsaw but other than their place of residence – they will receive voting ballots in the elections to the Warsaw City Council, the Province Assembly (the Sejmik) and in the elections of the Mayor;
3. a commune in the Mazowieckie Voivodeship – they will receive voting ballots in the elections to the Province Assembly (the Sejmik).
Facilities for the disabled
Voting by proxy
Voting by proxy is available for persons who no later than on the election date are 75, as well as for persons with a certified moderate or significant degree of disability, including voters who hold decisions confirming: 1. their total incapacity to work and live on their own; 2. their total incapacity to work; 3. their total incapacity to live on their own; 4. that they are in the disability group I; 5. that they are in the disability group II; as well as people with a permanent or long-term incapacity to work on a farm, entitled to an attendance allowance.
People not allowed to vote by proxy are those who stay in: 1. healthcare facilities, 2. social welfare homes, 3. prisons and detention centres and their branches, 4. people voting by post. Who can be a proxy? A person entered in the electoral register in the same district as the person who has authorised them to act as proxy.
You cannot be a proxy if you are in a district commission in the electoral district of the person giving proxy authorisation. You cannot be a proxy either if you are a person of trust or a candidate in the elections.
How many voters can a proxy represent? A proxy may represent only one person. You can be a proxy of two people only if at least one of them is your father, mother, grandfather, grandmother and other ascendants or your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter and other descendants. You may also act as a proxy of two people if at least one of them is your spouse, brother, sister or a person who you have adopted, who is in your custody or under your guardianship.
How can I declare my intention to vote by proxy? If you want somebody to act as your proxy, please submit a request to draw up a letter of authorisation to the mayor of the district in which you were entered in the electoral register. A request for a letter of authorisation to vote. The request should be submitted not later than 9 days before the elections, i.e. by 12 October 2018. The application can be sent by post or filed with the district office by your family member, friend or neighbour. The request should be signed by you, but if you cannot sign it, it may be signed by your proxy.
The request should be accompanied by: 1. a written consent of the person who is to become your proxy to accept the authorisation; 2. if you are under 75 on the election day – a copy of a valid disability decision issued by a relevant body stating the degree of disability.
How is the letter of authorisation drawn up? The letter of authorisation will be drawn up In the place of your residence or another place within the district, if you request it. The letter will be drafted and signed in the presence of a district officer legally entitled to draft letters of authorisation to vote.
Can authorisation be revoked? You have the right to revoke your authorisation: 1. if you vote in person and your proxy has not voted yet, your voting in person automatically revokes the authorisation, 2. if you submit a relevant statement: to the mayor at least 2 days before the election day, to the local precinct election commission on the election day provided that your proxy has not voted for you before.
Voting by post
You may vote by post if you hold a decision of a severe or moderate degree of disability including decisions stating: 1. your total incapacity to work and live on your own; 2. your total incapacity to work; 3. your total incapacity to live on your own; 4. that you are in the disability group I 5. that you are in the disability group I
You may also vote by post if you are a person with a permanent or long-term incapacity to work on a farm and you are entitled to an attendance allowance.
You are not allowed to vote by post if you are: 1. in a healthcare facility, 2. in a social welfare home, 3. in prison or a detention centre or their branch, 4. voting by proxy.
What should I do if I want to vote by post? You have to notify an appropriate election commissioner not later than 15 days before the election day, i.e. by 6 October 2018.
You can make such a notification orally, in writing, by fax or email. Your notification must include: 1. your surname, 2. your name(s), 3. your father's name, 4. your date of birth, 5. your PESEL identification number, and in the case of an EU citizen who is not a Polish citizen – passport number or any other identity document number 6. a statement of entry in the electoral register in a given commune, 7. details of the election 8. a copy of the disability certificate, 9. a request for a Braille overlay, if you wish, 10. the address to which the election package should be delivered.
If your application fails to meet the requirements, an electoral officer will request that you provide the missing details within 1 day of notification.
The election package which the electoral commissioner will send you should be delivered to you not later than 7 days prior to the election day, in person and by registered mail. If you are not at home, the person delivering will leave information on when a second delivery will take place, not later than one day after the first delivery attempt.
WHAT IS IN THE ELECTION PACKAGE The election package contains: an addressed return envelope, one or more ballot papers, an envelope for the ballot paper(s), instructions on how to vote by post and a statement of personal and confidential casting of the vote, as well as a Braille alphabet overlay if you have a partial or total visual impairment and have requested such an overlay.
When you have cast your vote, put the ballot paper(s) into the appended envelope for ballot paper(s) and seal it. Put the sealed envelope with the ballot paper(s) into the return envelope along with a signed statement of personal and confidential casting of the vote. Hand it over to an employee of Poczta Polska (Polish Post) who should sign its receipt. The employee will collect your package the day before the election day at the latest. The shipping is free of charge.
The envelopes with ballot papers are forwarded to the local precinct election commission until the end of voting.
You may also deliver your return envelope to the local precinct election commission whose address is printed on the return envelope.
Getting information about the elections
If you are a disabled voter entered in the electoral register of a given district, you have the right to receive information about: 1) the constituency and the electoral district applying to you, 2) local precinct election commissions located close to your place of residence as well as about polling stations adapted to disabled voters, 3) requirements for entry in the electoral census in the electoral district you chose located within the district you reside in (in this case you need to apply with the relevant district office not later than 5 days before the election day), 4) the date of the elections and voting hours, 5) electoral committees taking part In the elections as well as registered candidates and lists of candidates, 6) terms and conditions and forms of voting.
You can receive this information by calling the district office or the helpline of the Warsaw Citizen Contact Centre (Miejskie Centrum Kontaktu z Mieszkańcami) on 19155 as well as in printed or electronic materials, if you send a request stating your name, surname and permanent address.
The information will be available also in the Bulletin of Public Information and on the website of the City Office.