Many expats can vote in referendum
According to Seoul Metropolitan Election Commission, expatriates in Korea can vote in referenda or in regional elections, although not in a general or presidential election. The following categories of expatriates are eligible to vote:
-Foreigners holding an F-5 visa.
-Foreigners over the age of 18 whose spouses or parents have an F-5 visa and have lived in Korea for more than two years
-Foreigners over the age of 20 who have one of the following visas and have lived in Korea for more than five years: D-7, D-8, D-9, D-10, E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5 and E-7. (People holding E-6 visas are not allowed to vote.)
-Foreigners who have hired more than five Korean citizens and invested more than $500,000 in a business in Korea
-Foreigners who have a doctorate in a field approved by the Justice Ministry and who are working at a Korean company with a salary above an amount specified by the ministry
-Foreigners who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree or a vocational certificate approved by the Justice Ministry who have lived in Korea for more than three years and are working at a Korean company with a salary above an amount specified by the ministry
Any foreigner who wishes to vote in the referendum in Seoul must register their current residence in Seoul at a local community service center.
Local election committees will post election notices in Chinese and English to those qualified to vote to tell them which polling stations to use.
For more information, call Kim Min-a, an official at the National Election Commission, at 02-503-0883.
By Kim Hee-jin [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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