Costa Ricans who live overseas will be able to vote in national elections, according to an agreement announced Wednesday between the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.
This is a big benefit to politically aware Costa Ricans because each national election some return from where they are living overseas specifically to vote.
The voting will be in the Costa Rican consulates in other countries, according to the agreement. Figures
from the various consulates show about 49,000 Costa Ricans living overseas, but these numbers are not solid. There may be many more.
Officials agreed that the big problem will be in alerting Costa Ricans elsewhere that they can vote locally. The next election is in February 2014.
Other Latin American countries allow citizens living overseas to vote, and some of the embassies here have been voting locations.
U.S. citizens can vote absentee in local and national elections there, but they must do so by mail.