Korean presidential election sees record number of absentee votersBy Nathan Schwartzman Nov 29, 2012 12:14PM UTC
Original article in Korean is at this link.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced on the 28th that for the first time there have one million absentee voter applications in the 18th presidential election on December 19th. The record-setting total stands at 1,086,687.
In greater detail, there have been 973,434 applications for absentee ballot for ordinary reasons such as being in the military or police, being an election worker, or being unable to go to a polling place on election day; 106,193 applications for reasons of residence in a home or medical facility; and another 7,060 for being provisionally registered.
Absentee voting will be on December 13th and 14th, and voting for those in the provisional category will be from the 11th to 14th.
An official with the Ministry said that “absentee voters may receive their ballots and then vote from anywhere in the country… residence-based voters may place their ballots in a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail it to their local elections commission before 6 pm on election day.”
Unfortunately many people in the third category don’t have the means to comply with regulation to get properly registered. Nearly a majority are in Busan.