For the first time in club history, FC Barcelona members included on the electoral roll (110,290 out of a total of 140,278) are able to cast postal votes in the elections, and can do so by filling out a form that will be available until next February 9.
Also, 31,682 (29%) of members are aged over 65 years and have the option of voting from their homes.
4,117 members had already requested this option within eight hours of launching the form, attracted by the convenience of the method, but more importantly, by the fact that it limits the need to move at a time if severe mobility restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is one of the principal reasons why over 65-year-olds will not even have to go to their local post office in order to vote.
Once members have filled in the form to vote by mail, they will not be able to vote in person at any of the polling stations.
91% of the members over 65 (of which 71% are men and 29% women), reside in the province of Barcelona. That means that of the 99,185 people that would normally have to go to the Camp Nou or Palau Blaugrana to vote, 28,708 can now do so without even leaving their home, while the remainder have the option of going so further than their local post office, which obviously implies a massive reduction in mobility, helping to make the election procedure far safer.
But as well as members over 65, the option of home voting is also open to persons with reduced mobility, functional diversity, illness or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
As in official elections, all quality and service guarantees are ensured to safeguard the voting procedure at all times. The post office system has fully Covid-19 compliant human, technological and physical resources and observes all health and safety protocols in relation to the pandemic.
FC Barcelona is fully funding the costs of the election procedure, at no cost to its members. But in addition to the benefits in terms of safety, the club also expects this system to boost turnout for these elections. 47,270 members voted in last elections in 2015. Just the members over 65 years who can vote in the 2021 elections would therefore amount to 67% of the total number of voters at the last elections