Many voters will receive their polling card digitally this year

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Around 500,000 voters will receive a digital polling card for this year’s elections. The voters will therefore have their polling card on their mobile phone and thus readily available when they go to vote.

18 municipalities are taking part in a trial involving the digital distribution of polling cards. The aim is to look at new ways of sending out polling cards that make it easier for voters to use their polling card. Digital polling cards also reduce the use of paper and costs. The Norwegian Directorate of Elections is responsible for the trial.

Most of the voters in the municipalities taking part in the trial will receive a digital polling card for the municipal and county council elections instead of a paper one in the post. They will receive a text message containing a link to their polling card at the beginning of August. The link will take them to their digital letterbox if they use Digipost or e-Boks. If the voter does not have a digital letterbox, they will get their polling card from a personal page on 

Voters who have chosen not to receive digital communications from public authorities, or who have not used ID-porten for 18 months, will receive their polling card on paper via ordinary post.

Municipalities taking part in the trial:

Bergen, Bodø, Fredrikstad, Færder, Gjøvik, Gloppen, Grimstad, Hamar, Hå, Lillesand, Skaun, Skien, Stjørdal, Tromsø, Ulstein, Vadsø, Vanylven, and Vågan.

How to use the digital polling card

The voter will receive a text message containing a link. This link will take the voter to the login page for ID-porten. Once the voter has logged in, their polling card will be displayed automatically. The voter can then either take a screenshot of it or log in at the polling station.

Voters who takes a screenshot must make sure it includes the polling card’s barcode. This is what the election officers need.