December 5, 2022

how and where to vote on marriage equality

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(CNN Spanish) — The National Assembly of Cuba approved last July the Family Code, a legislative package that will be submitted to a referendum on September 25 and, if approved, would open the door to equal marriage on the island.

The Family Code seeks to “protect vulnerable sectors of society” and could pave the way for same-sex marriage and an end to other family-related discrimination.

The referendum also establishes protections for children, the elderly, foster parents and women’s rights.

Here, more details about the vote on Sunday, September 25:

How and where to vote?

The National Electoral Council (CEN) will install over 24,000 polling stations in the 168 municipalities throughout the country, where Cubans can go to cast their vote. The polls they will open at 7 am local time and will close at 6 pm

More than 8 million voters are expected to go to the polls, according to the CENto answer whether they approve or reject the new law after answering the question: “Do you agree with the Family Code?”

Cubans will have two response options: “yes” or “no.”

If the “yes” wins the majority of votes in the referendum, the Family Code will be approved.

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A man walks past a poster in favor of the new Family Code referendum in Havana on September 21, 2022. (Credit: YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

The CEN carried out a test on September 18 to check the readiness of the schools, material and human resources, computer systems and the preparation of the electoral authorities for the referendum on September 25. In parallel, it was carried out the vote abroad in Cuban embassies in different countries around the world.

With information from Ana Cucalón and Maija Ehlinger of CNN





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