Voting in institutions

Municipalities have a statutory duty to facilitate voting in advance in health and care institutions. Municipalities are also encouraged to facilitate voting in advance in other institutions.

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Municipalities have to tell the residents when and where this will take place. If you are a voter living in a health or care institution or other institution where municipalities facilitate advance voting, you can vote where you are.

Who can vote in institutions and when does this take place?

Voting in advance at institutions is arranged to allow residents of these places to vote if it is difficult for them to get to ordinary advance voting stations or polling stations. However, when advance voting is facilitated, it is open to everyone. This means that residents, employees and relatives can use the opportunity to vote.

Municipalities themselves decide when to arrange advance voting in institutions. So please contact your municipality to find out the exact date and time.

Guidance

When you arrive to vote, you will be met by an election official who will explain how to do so. The election official can also answer any questions you may have or find answers to your questions.

Assistance and help in the polling booth

Election officials can provide any assistance you may need. An election official can explain the procedure for voting to you. The election official can also show you to the polling booth and provide guidance on which parties are standing for election, and where the ballot papers for them are.

If you need assistance with casting your vote, an election official can also help you with this. It is up to you to decide what you need assistance with. You may need assistance with the entire voting process or perhaps you only need the election official to read out all of the party names for you? Election officials have a duty of confidentiality regarding anything they may learn about what and who you intend to vote for.

Proof of identity

You need to bring your ID to vote. If you are a resident of a health or care institution or in prison and do not have a form of ID, a member of staff can confirm that you are who you say you are. In such cases, the staff member must provide ID. Other voters cannot vouch for your identity.

Voting at an established advance voting station

When a municipality arranges advance voting in institutions, they will rig up an advance voting station. This will either be in a separate room, or in communal areas where there is space for this. The procedure will be the same procedure that applies for voting in an advance voting station or polling station:

  • An election official will explain how to vote.
  • You enter the polling booth, select the ballot paper for the party you wish to vote for, and make any changes on the ballot paper.
  • You then walk over to a table with two election officials. They check your ID, or the ID of a staff member on your behalf, and stamp the ballot paper.
  • You put the ballot paper into the ballot box, and your vote is cast.

Voting in the voter’s room

If you are not able to get to the room where advance voting is taking place, the election officials can also come to the room where you are. Then they will arrange for you to vote right there.

This is done as follows:

  • The election officials bring the necessary equipment, including a set of ballot papers with all parties and lists standing for election in the municipality and the county authority.
  • You select a ballot paper for the party/list you wish to vote for and make any changes on the ballot paper.
  • The election official checks your ID, or the ID of a staff member on your behalf, and stamps the ballot paper.
  • You put the ballot paper into the ballot box, and your vote is cast.