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How many voters should I vote for? Key facts about the May 7 election

This Sunday Chile elects members of the Constitutional Council. Voting is compulsory and anyone who does not go to the polls is liable to fines.

The return of the mandatory vote is one of the main innovations in the elections that Chile will live on May 7, when the citizens agree to elect members of the Constitutional Council, the body that will have the mission of drafting a proposal for a new Constitution.

This new constituent process differs from the previous process because, in addition to the Constitutional Council, an Expert Commission (which will submit a draft to the Council) and a Technical Admissibility Committee, also known as the “arbiters” of the process, have been formed. -and they are already working.

To return to the Constitutional Council, its members will meet on May 7. Specifically, there will be 50 members who will be elected from among 15 constituencies and up to two people can be added for seats reserved for indigenous peoples.

How many people should I vote for?

As with other elections in Chile, the principle of one ballot, one vote operates here. That is, you only have to mark a preference.

For your vote to be valid, you must mark your choice, for example, with a line that crosses perpendicular to the one next to your candidate’s name.

How does the election work?

In general, the election of the Constitutional Council works in the same way as the Senate, and the seats are distributed by constituencies that coincide with the regions of the country. However, not all constituencies/regions elect the same number of representatives.

How are the seats of the Constitutional Council distributed?

On May 7 you must mark only one preference for your vote to be valid. However, on this day at least two people will be elected to the Constitutional Council for each constituency. Review the chemical confirmation details below.

  • Five councilors are elected:
  • Metropolitan Region
  • Valparaiso Region
  • Maule region
  • Araucania region
  • Three councilors are elected:
  • Antofagasta Region
  • Coquimbo Region
  • O’Higgins Region
  • Bio of the region
  • River Region
  • Lakes Region
  • Two councilors are elected:
  • Regions of Arica and Parinacota
  • Tarapaca Region
  • Atacama Region
  • Ñuble region
  • Aisen region
  • Magellan region

Search engine for candidates for the Constitutional Council

Who to vote for is up to you, but if you haven’t decided yet, we invite you to review the information available in our candidate search engine. In this platform, you only have to enter the region where you live and people who are looking for a place in that constituency will appear.

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