Referendums in Søgne and Songdalen

On behalf of the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Norwegian Directorate of Elections conducts referendums among residents living in the areas that previously formed Søgne and Songdalen municipalities on the question of dividing Kristiansand municipality.

You can vote electronically until 2 February at 21.00.

Who has the right to vote?

Persons who were registered as residents in the area corresponding to the former Søgne or Songdalen municipalities on 31 December 2023, and have turned or will turn 16 by the end of 2024, have the right to vote.

How to vote

The referendums are conducted electronically from 22 January at 09.00 until 2 February at 21.00 at Voters who cannot vote electronically can vote by post using the material sent out by the Norwegian Directorate of Elections.

To vote electronically, you must either have MinID, BankID, Buypass ID or Commfides to log into the solution and identify yourself.

It is secret what you vote for, and voters themselves are responsible for voting alone. You can get help from a person you choose yourself if you need assistance.

Voters who cannot or do not wish to vote electronically can vote by post. This means that they send the vote in the post to the Norwegian Directorate of Elections. All eligible voters will be sent the material they need to vote by post.

When are the results ready?

The count starts as soon as possible after 21.00 Friday 2 February.

Do you have questions?

If you have any questions about the referendums, you can contact the Norwegian Directorate of Elections on phone 33 50 79 06 or e-mail to [email protected].

The contact center's opening hours:

  • 2 January to 19 January: at 09:00-15:00
  • 22 January to 26 January: at 09:00-18:00
  • 27 January and 28 January: at 10:00-15:00
  • 29 January to 1 February: at 09:00-18:00
  • 2 February: at 08:00-22:00

About the digital solution for referendums

The Norwegian Directorate of Elections has developed a digital solution that makes it possible to vote electronically in the referendums in the former Søgne and Songdalen municipalities.

The information about who has voted and what the individual voter has voted is stored in a way that does not make it possible to associate the voter with a vote.

The votes cast are encrypted so that no one can see what they contain. When the referendum is finished, the electronic ballot box must be opened. In order for the votes to be counted, they must be decrypted.

Before the counting starts, postal votes received will be checked against the list of voters who have voted in the electronic solution. If a voter has voted both electronically and by postal vote, the postal vote will be rejected. When this is done, the postal votes will be counted, and the results added to the results from the electronic solution.

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