The announcement of Horacio Rodriguez Larreta about splitting the elections in the City of Buenos Aires from the national ones left a clear definition of how tense the internal one is in the PRO with Mauricio Macri for the Buenos Aires district, but not so many certainties about what the model that citizens must adopt to vote in this year’s elections will be like.
There is no change of dates. The first thing that must be clarified is that the decision of the head of the Buenos Aires government is to maintain the same voting days between the election of president, vice president and national deputies as the elections that will define the next head of the Buenos Aires government, deputy head and local authorities of the City. This means that it would start on August 13 with the PASO, continue on October 22 with the general elections, and on November 19 if there is a second round.
Another important point is that the national elections will be with a paper ballot, while the Buenos Aires elections will be with a Single Electronic Ballot. They will be unfolded, that is, they will be independent acts one from the other and there will be no lists that contain a head of government tied to a candidate for president, but, according to what they told PERFIL, they will vote with a unique pattern y the same polling station to fulfill the two obligations.
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Larreta used the example of Macri in 2015 to defend his initiative
In his brief speech, Larreta argued that it had been “a Mauritian flag”, in order not to take his decision away from the former president. “This prevents the porteños from having to go to vote up to six times a year. It saves us a lot of time and avoids unnecessary expenses. And we are going to do it with a single electronic ticket, which is a more agile, simpler, more transparent and It is a flag of the PRO that Mauricio started in the City in 2015 and that we also promoted together with everything Together for Change at a national level”, Larreta said in a very short video filmed in the Botanical Garden this Monday morning, as soon as her flight from Madrid landed.
This measure harshly questioned by Mauricio Macri, María Eugenia Vidal, Patricia Bullrich and the rest of “the hawks” hides two alleged strategies from the Buenos Aires government: the first is that Larreta would not jeopardize his agreement with the radical Martín Lousteau, whom he would not have to say “no” in the case of seeking a joint list, since the senator will seek to succeed him in the City. He would not have to lean towards any of his ministers, Acuña and Quirós, listed in the contest either. Even for the other PRO candidate, Jorge Macri. However, Larreta has already said that his support will be for a candidate from his own party.
“I am going to support a candidate from my party, which is the PRO,” he explained. The other strategy is that Larreta will seek to have a result in the PASO that will allow him to reach the general elections with greater leadership within the PRO.
Larreta differed from Macri: he called elections to vote for president and head of government on separate ballots
It is not the first time that CABA unfolds elections, however, a scheme had never been created for this unfolding to be carried out in the same day, as will happen during this 2023. In 2015, for example, the then head of Government Mauricio Macri had brought forward the local elections and the people of Buenos Aires had to go to vote six times (between local and national elections). In that year, the single electronic ticket was also implemented for the first time, which will now be used again.
Finally, there is a legal conflict that the head of the Buenos Aires government would avoid with that decision: it is that if he did not opt for the single electronic ballot, the radicalism of Daniel Angelici would seek to impose that format. Based on article 111 of the Electoral Code of the City, close to the communal chief they recalled that “it establishes the Single Ballot as an instrument of suffrage for all electoral processes of pre-candidates and candidates of political groups for all elective public offices premises of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires”. And they added that “electoral spending decreases” due to the costs of paper ballots.
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How is the single electronic ticket in CABA
The voting machine consists of equipment with a touch screen, provided with a printing and verification system, and a ballot. Through a friendly and intuitive interface, the voter selects his candidate on a touch screen and prints his choice on the Single Electronic Ballot (BUE).
1. When you go to vote, you give your document to the table president. He will cut the first die that brings the ticket and then he will give you your Single Electronic Ticket.
2. As soon as you are in front of the voting machine, put the ballot in the slot and you will see the options to vote on the screen. Touching the screen, you will be able to choose your option. Your selection will be printed on the back of the ballot.
3. Support the ballot on the verifier and your selection will appear on the screen. Compare that it matches what is printed.
4. Fold the ballot to the limit of the die so that nobody sees what you chose. In front of the table president, cut the die and give it to him before introducing your ballot in the ballot box. Sign the electoral roll, I received your voting certificate and that’s it.
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