- When is election day?
- Who has the right to vote?
- Where can I vote on election day?
- Where can I vote early?
- When can I vote early?
- What do I need to bring with me when voting?
- What is considered to be valid identification?
- Why have I not received my polling card?
- How do I make a change to the ballot paper?
- Is it possible to give a blank vote?
- Can I vote again on election day if I have voted early?
- I need help with my digital polling card
Election day for the municipal and county council election is Monday 9 September 2019. Many municipalities will also be holding the election on Sunday 8 September.
You have the right to vote at municipal and county council elections if you meet one of these requirements:
- You are a Norwegian citizen and will have reached the age of 18 by the end of 2019 and are, or have been, registered as residing in Norway
- You are a citizen of another Nordic country (i.e. Denmark, Iceland, Finland or Sweden) and will have reached the age of 18 by the end of the year of the election, and have been registered as residing in Norway by 30 June of the year of the election at the latest
- You are another foreign citizen and have reached the age of 18 by the end of the year of the election, and have been registered as residing in Norway for the last three consecutive years before the election day. In this case, there is a requirement that the period of residence has been consecutive
All prospective voters must be on the electoral register. The electoral register is a list of all those who are entitled to vote in a municipality. You are on the electoral register in the municipality in which you are entered as resident in the population register on 30 June 2019. If you have moved, it will still be your address on 30 June that determines the municipality in which you are entitled to vote.
On election day on 9 September, you must vote in the municipality in which you were entered as resident in the population register on 30 June 2019. The municipality will inform you of their opening hours and where you can vote on election day. Please note that you can vote in any polling station within your municipality.
You can vote early in any municipality in Norway. Find your nearest polling station and opening hours for early voting. You can also contact the municipality where you live to find out about where and when you can vote early.
You can vote early at most foreign polling stations. To see the list, click here.
You can vote from 1 July if you cannot vote within the normal time period for early voting or on election day. If this is the case, you must contact the municipality and arrange a time to go and vote.
The normal time period for early voting starts on 12 August and ends on 6 September. You can vote early in any municipality in Norway.
Alternatively, you can contact your municipality for more information about opening hours and where in the municipality you can vote early.
If you are abroad, you can vote early from 1 July up to and including 1 September. Please remember to vote in advance so that your vote reaches the municipality before 5:00 pm the day after election day on 10 September.
The Election Act states that a voter that is unknown to the returning officers should provide identification. Therefore, please bring your ID with you when voting; simply stating your name and date of birth is not sufficient. Identification could include your passport, driving licence and a bank card that contains a photo.
If you are in an institution such as a nursing home, hospital or prison, an employee from the institution may confirm your identity.
You do not have to bring your polling card with you to be able to vote, but it is easier for the presiding officers if you do so and it will also be quicker for you to vote.
Good examples of identification include your passport, driving licence and a bank card that contains a photo.
All voters will receive a polling card in the mail. Information about voters is taken from the electoral register and the population register. Information about opening hours, etc. on your polling card will be prepared by your municipality. If you have not received your polling card, it may be because it has been lost in the post, or if you have moved and reported your change of address to the population register after 30 June.
You do not have to bring your polling card to be able to vote, but it will be easier for the presiding officers if you do so. If you have not received your polling card by post or you have lost it, you can still go to the polling station to vote.
The ballot paper determines which party you can vote for. If you wish to influence the candidates that are elected to a party, you must make a change to the ballot paper. Read about how to make a change to the ballot paper.
It is possible to give a blank vote. In every polling station there are blank ballot papers that should be used for this purpose. When counting the ballot papers in the municipalities, blank ballot papers will not be included, but the election statistics will show how many people gave blank votes.
If you voted early, it is not possible to vote again on election day. In addition, you may not vote multiple times.
If you are registered in one of the municipalities taking part in the trial and need help with your digital polling card, please contact the Norwegian Directorate of Elections’ help centre:
Telephone: 33 41 29 40
Email: [email protected]