Right to vote and the electoral register

Information about who has the right to vote in the parliamentary election in 2021 and how to check if you are in the electoral register is provided below.

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You have the right to vote if you are:

  • a Norwegian citizen;
  • will have reached the age of 18 by the end of 2021;
  • and are, or have been, registered in the Population Register as resident in Norway.

Employees of the diplomatic corps or consular service and their households have the right to vote even if they do not satisfy the residential criteria.

Are you in the electoral register?

The electoral register is a list of everyone who has the right to vote in a municipality.

You are automatically entered into the electoral register of the municipality you are registered in the Population Register as resident in on 30 June in the year of the election.

If you have moved and wish the right to vote in your new municipality, you have to report your change of address to the Population Register within 30 June.

If you move to another municipality after 30 June, you will still have the right to vote in the municipality you have moved out of even if you report your change of address.

Do you live abroad?

If you live abroad but have at some time in the past 10 years been registered in the Population Register as resident in Norway, you will automatically be entered into the electoral register of the municipality you were registered as resident in immediately prior to leaving Norway.

If you have not been registered as resident in Norway in the past 10 years, you must apply to the last municipality you were resident in for entry into the electoral register. If you have never been registered in the Population Register as resident in Norway, you must apply to the City of Oslo.

How to check if you are in the electoral register

You can contact the municipality you were last registered in. Every municipality in Norway has a statutory duty to publish a so-called public electoral register. A public electoral register is an electoral register that is open to the public and in which you can check your information and send in a complaint if the electoral register contains an error.

Applying for entry into the electoral register

You apply by signing on the appropriate line on the cover envelope used for voting in advance by post from abroad. If you are voting in advance in Norway or do not use the aforementioned cover envelope, you must apply separately. You can do this in an ordinary letter or by completing an application form for entry into the electoral register. You can do this at the same time as you vote. The application must include a declaration stating that you are still a Norwegian citizen.

The application must be sent to the electoral committee in the municipality where you were last registered as resident in Norway. The application must be received by the electoral committee by no later than 14 September at 17:00 in order to be approved.

Address of all electoral committees.