Those willing to vote next November 9 on Catalan independence will be able to do so despite the hurdles put in place by the Spanish government. The event, branded a “participatory process” rather than an official referendum –this was banned by the Spanish Supreme Court–, will be held in public facilities across the territory such as high schools and governmental buildings. Since the Catalan administration doesn’t have premises on every town, it has asked local councils to cooperate by allowing polling booths at their public buildings, so that all Catalan citizens can vote in their town or neighbourhood.
CNA | High-schools will host ballot boxes on November 9 and 26,000 volunteers have already signed up
high-schools will be the 700 Catalan Government’s venues that will host the 6,000 voting booths, where people will be casting their vote on whether they want an independent Catalan State or not. In the small rural towns and villages without high-schools, the Catalan Government is talking with municipalities to find alternatives. Several town halls have already offered alternative venues to host the ballot boxes.
According to El Periódico [938 municipalties out of 947 will set up polling stations, in Spanish], most town councils agreed to let the vote happen, which will enable 99’9% of the Catalan population to cast their vote.
Other technical details disclosed by the Catalan government is the participation of thousands of volunteers willing to help in the organisation of November 9. Up to 30,000 have already signed up for this task, and more are expected in the run-up to the voting day to make sure that every Catalan can easily vote on the two-question consultation. Also, Catalans living abroad will be able to vote in 17 different locations across the world, including the US, China, UK, France and Japan.