Counting of the Election Results

Counting the advance votes

The electoral district committees begin counting the advance votes on election day at 3 p.m. at the earliest (on special grounds earlier, however at the earliest at 12 o’clock). The brown election envelopes sent from the municipalities are opened and the ballots within them counted.

Preliminary count of the votes cast on election day

As soon as the doors of the polling stations have been closed at 8 p.m. the election committee begins a preliminary count of the votes. The committee opens the ballot box, counts the ballots within it, and notes down the votes of the candidates in a particular election protocol. Immediately thereafter the committee informs the central election committee of the municipality of the votes of the candidates, i.e. of the election results in the voting district. The central committee again enters the results in the central calculation system in the Election Information System of the Ministry of Justice. Finally, the election committee seals the ballots in a parcel and delivers it to the electoral district committee before Monday morning 9 a.m.

The results in the entire country

The Electoral District Committee of Helsinki combines the results of the electoral districts to establish the results in the entire country.

Results of the European Parliamentary elections in all Member States

Results of the European Parliamentary elections in Finland:

Counting the Election Result

1. The total number of votes received by each grouping is counted. 2. The candidates are placed in a mutual ranking order based on the number of personal votes received. 3. Based on this order, each candidate is given a comparative index. The first ranked candidate in each grouping gets the total number of votes cast for the said grouping as his or her comparative index, the second ranked candidate half of the number, the third ranked candidate one third of the number, and so forth. 4. Candidates with the biggest comparative indexes are elected as representatives.