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Early voting begins ahead of June 4th local elections Updated: 2014-05-30 22:45:21 KST

 Early voting begins ahead of June 4th local elections

For the first time in Korea's local election history, a two-day-long early voting period started this Friday.
Without prior registration, voters can cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Korea time, if they are unable to make it on election day June 4th.

"I won't be able to vote on the actual day of the election. So I think this early voting system is very convenient."

Voters are only required to show their resident registration card to cast their ballot at any of the more than 3-thousand 5-hundred polling stations set up across the nation.

"I think the early voting system is great as it does not require prior registration, and since the polling booth was nearby our work place, we were able to vote during our lunch hour."

Electronic devices located in every polling booth recognize the barcode on the ID cards and take the fingerprints of voters.

But some voters complained of problems.

"It was not easy finding our way to the polling booth. I think we need more signs to guide voters."

For added convenience, smartphone users can download an application that provides information on the locations of nationwide polling stations and the list of candidates in the local elections.

Officials from Korea's National Election Commission have been dispatched to each polling station to manage and monitor the voting process.

"Through the early voting system, the National Election Commission expects the voter turnout this year to be higher than it was in the previous local election in 2010.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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