ulgarian citizens living in Germany and the United States are taking the Central Election Commission (CEC) to the Supreme Administrative Court over the commission not opening polling stations in 13 German cities and two places in the US with Bulgarian communities. This emerged from the electronic public register of complaints and communications submitted to the CEC, Bulgarian National Radio said on March 9, seventeen days ahead of Bulgaria’s early parliamentary elections.
Bulgarian law says that when it comes to voting abroad, there is a limit of 35 on the number of polling stations in non-EU countries, such as the US. German law, meanwhile, has rules regarding polling stations for foreign elections, generally limiting them to diplomatic and consular missions.
The CEC decision on March 4 about polling stations abroad omitted two places in the US: Naples, Florida, and Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey, even though in both these places the statutory number of notifications of intention to vote had been submitted by Bulgarian expatriates.