Accommodation to vote should be made for voters with special needs, including eligible voters currently out of the country.
- [States should foster citizen participation in the electoral process by] facilitating the participation in the electoral process of citizens living abroad, subject to restrictions in accordance with the law, such as duration of residence abroad, whilst ensuring that, if polling stations are set up abroad, their establishment is based on transparent criteria.
- Election laws may contain special provisions to facilitate voting by persons who are physically disabled, those in hospital or in prisons, those who are out of the country or who cannot come to the polling station for other valid reasons.
- [T]he right to vote and to be elected may be accorded to citizens residing abroad.
- A number of countries permit their citizens to cast ballots in embassies or specially designated voting centres outside of the country.
- Where applicable, special arrangements should be made to allow special categories of voters, such as voters living abroad and prisoners, to vote.
- In practice…there is a growing tendency to broaden the franchise, for example, by including overseas residents.