The early Parliamentary elections for Bulgarians abroad started with the opening of the polling stations in New Zealand and Australia at 7 am local time (21 pm Bulgarian time on October 1).
A total of 755 polling stations were created in 62 countries, the highest number being in Turkey-166, UK-126, Germany-77 and Spain-65. Because of the time difference, polling day abroad will end last in California, USA - at 6 am Bulgarian time on Monday, October 3.
8 polling stations were opened in Chicago, the city with the largest Bulgarian community. Bulgarians in Chicago vote with machines in 5 polling stations. According to election volunteers, no problems are expected in the state of Florida, where Hurricane Ian left dozens dead and caused serous damages. Representatives of the Bulgarian Embassy in the United States and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are not likely to be there, because they are unable to travel. /BGNES