Voting on Election Day
On election day the polling stations are open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. There is at least one polling station in every municipality, and the total number is approximately 2000. Voters may cast their votes at the polling station stated in the voting register and on the card sent to them before the elections.
Before going to the polling station:
1. Be sure to bring an identity card to the polling station, which may be an identity card, passport, driver's license or similar pictorial document issued by the police. If you do not have such a document, you can apply to the nearest police station for a free temporary ID card to vote. To apply for it, you need two passport photos up to six months old.
2. On election day, you may only vote at your own polling station, i.e. at the polling station indicated on the ballot paper received by you. The statement of voting rights itself is not required for the vote, but you can take it with you if you wish. If for some reason you have not received the notification, you can inquire about it and / or its information content from the Digital and Demographic Information Agency. You can also ask for your own polling station on the election service number 0800 9 4770. You can also search for your polling station on polling day from the polling station service.
3. If you want to find out the candidate number of your candidate in advance, you can find it in the information and result service of the Ministry of Justice.
Candidate numbers can also be seen in the candidates ’own election advertisements as well as in the media.
4. You can bring your own election assistant if, for example, you are unable to record your own vote. However, a personal election assistant cannot be a candidate in the election or his or her spouse, child, sibling or parent. If you do not have your own assistant, there will be a special election assistant at the polling station.
At the polling station:
1. Present your ID to the election officer. They will look for your name on the electoral roll and give you a ballot. The election official will also mark on the electoral roll that you have voted. At the polling station, voting shall be carried out by an electoral commission consisting of five members, at least three of whom must be present at all times.
2. Go to the polling station with the ballot paper. The booth has a pen and you can check your candidate number from the combination of candidate lists on the wall of the booth. If you need help making a vote, an election assistant will assist you in the polling booth. In municipal elections, you can only vote for a candidate standing for election in your municipality of residence.
3. Use the pen to mark the number of the candidate you want to vote for on the ballot paper. Do not write anything else on the ballot paper!
4. After marking the number on the ballot paper, fold it so that the number remains inside the fold and can not be seen outwards.
5. With the ballot paper folded, go to the election officer in charge of the ballot box. They will stamp your ballot.
6. You will then drop the stamped ballot paper into the ballot box. You can then leave the polling station.