The City of Vilnius invites voters to vote safely and conveniently
With the elections to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in 2020 approaching, the City of Vilnius is announcing measures to ensure safe participation in the elections. These measures include more advance voting points.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) allows advance voting in the Seimas elections over a longer period, and it will be possible to choose from a wider list of seats for voting in Vilnius.
As usual, it will be possible to vote in advance in the buildings of Vilnius City Administration (3 Konstitucijos ave. ) and Vilnius district (50 Rinktinės str.), as well as in the VU Sports and Health Center (26 Saulėtekio al.), at A. Sakharov Square near Press House and at Lukiškės Square. This is to prevent large-scale gatherings of people in one place.
During both the early voting and the Election Day, you will need to wear a mask at the polling station, carry not only an identity document, but also your own pen, and keep a safe distance from other voters.
“The experience of various countries shows that with certain security measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is not an obstacle to one of the most important events in democracy – parliamentary elections. We urge Vilnius residents to remain civil and to participate in the vote comfortably and safely. Those who are unable to do so on election day will have the opportunity to cast their vote in as many as five different early voting locations,” said Simonas Girdzijauskas, Chairman of the working group to prepare for the Seimas elections in Vilnius.
The early voting of the first round of elections to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania will take place on October 5-8, the second round – on October 19-22. Residents will be able to vote from 7 am to 8 pm.
All early voting points are easily accessible by public transport:
- Vilnius City (3 Konstitucijos Ave.). Take the 3G, 4G, 30, 43, 46, 52, 56, 88, 89 route buses and 9 and 19 route trolleybuses to the Europa Square bus stop.
- Vilnius District (50 Rinktinės St.). Get to the Kalvarijų Market bus stop by 1G, 10, 30 and 53 route buses and 6 and 10 route trolleybuses. There are 33 buses to Herkus Manto bus stop.
- VU Sports and Health Center (26 Saulėtekio al.). Go to Vilnius Gediminas Technical University bus stop by 4G, 5G, 18, 38 route buses and 2, 10, 14, 19 and 21 route trolleybuses.
- Sakharov Square near the Press House. Go to the Press House stop by buses on routes 2G, 7, 55, 75 and trolleybuses on routes 7, 13, 16, 18, 19. To Sietynas station (Pilaitės Avenue) by buses on routes 4G, 30, 32, 54, 63, 75.
- Lukiškės Square. Go to Juozas Tumas-Vaižgantas bus stop by 3G, 22, 73 route buses and 4, 10, 14, 17 route trolleybuses.
More opportunities for the disabled and voting at home
Vilnius City strives to ensure the best possible opportunities for all citizens to have equal and comfortable conditions for performing civic duties. As a result, more and more polling stations are being adapted to people with disabilities every year. All voting places adapted for the disabled can be viewed on the interactive map at https://maps.vilnius.lt/rinkimai.
“More than half of the polling stations and all early voting places will be adapted for persons with reduced mobility this year. We remind you that on Election Day, voters can vote not only in their districts, but also in other sub-districts in their districts. This does not require additional pre-registration,”said S. Girdzijauskas.
The COVID-19 pandemic will allow people in self-isolation to vote from home. As always, people with disabilities, voters temporarily unable to work due to illness, and voters aged 70 and over can vote in advance at home.
All you have to do is vote electronically or on paper to vote at home. The application form can be obtained from the members of the Electoral Commission who carry the notices of the elections on the websites vrk.lt or rinkejopuslapis.lt.
More information: www.vilnius.lt/elections