What if I did not vote in the PASO: the value of the fines, where to pay them and the consequences

The Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory (PASO) elections that were held on Sunday across the country were the first in a pandemic context. For those who cannot justify their absence, they must pay a fine.

In article 125, the National Electoral Code establishes a fine ranging from $ 50 to $ 500 for the voter between 18 and 70 years of age who does not appear to cast his vote in the federal elections, and does not present a justification within 60 business days after the election.

Even when it is not an important amount, the offender must comply with the payment procedure, because, according to the article in question, whoever does not do so will not be able to carry out formalities or procedures for a year before the national, provincial state agencies , of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires or municipal.

This period will begin to run from the expiration of 60 days mentioned above. The payment process begins online: you must enter the site infractores.padron.gov.ar.

There, the spaces reserved for personal data must be completed and a validation code must be entered. Then, you must click on “Generation of fine payment slip”.

Once this is resolved, the system leads to a menu of possible means of payment. With the printed ballot, you must go to the nearest Banco Nación branch and pay there.

After making the payment, it is not necessary to carry out any other procedure, since the financial entity automatically communicates to the National Electoral Justice.

If I did not vote in the STEP, can I attend the general elections?

Another of the doubts that arise for those who have not presented themselves in the PASO, with or without justification, is whether they will be able to vote in November. According to the CNE, participation in the general elections is not considered forbidden due to non-attendance at the primaries.

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