Overseas voter registration for South Korean elections just got easier thanks to a revised bill passed by the National Assembly last week. Under the bill, the South Korean government will work to install polling stations overseas and to simplify the registration process, starting next year following the April legislative election. Polling stations will be installed in regions with Korean nationals numbering more than 40,000. In New York, that means two stations will be installed in addition to the existing Consulate General.
The consulate committee overseeing overseas voting at the encouraged locals to register Wednesday.
“Even if overseas voting regulations change, none of it matters if the turnout is low,” said Park Jae-jin, head of the committee.
About 890 nationals had registered for overseas voting with the New York Consulate General as of Wednesday.