You can ask most Norwegian foreign service missions to send you the necessary official election materials, so you can vote by post from wherever you are.
However, in some cases it may not be possible to get hold of official election materials. In these cases you can use a blank sheet of paper as a ballot paper.
You will also need three envelopes. You can use perfectly ordinary envelopes, although it is helpful if they are different sizes. In the interests of a secret ballot, you should avoid using envelopes bearing company or organisation names, etc. However, your vote will not be rejected if such envelopes are used.
Because each of the envelopes has a different function, they have different names:
- The ballot paper envelope is the one you put your ballot paper in.
- The cover envelope is used to record the necessary information about the voter and to put the ballot paper envelope in.
- The mailing envelope is used to put the cover envelope in before you send your vote to the municipality in Norway where you are entered in the electoral register and have the right to vote.
On the blank sheet of paper that you are using as a ballot paper, you must write:
- Which party or group you are voting for.
- That your vote is being cast in the parliamentary election for 2021 in .............. Municipality (write in the name of the municipality you are taking part in the election in/have the right to vote in).
Procedure for voting by post
- Choose your party or group.
If you are using an official ballot paper check off the party or group. If the party or list you want to vote for is not listed on the ballot paper, you can write the name of the party/list at the bottom of the ballot paper in the designated place. If you are using a blank sheet of paper, write the name of the party or group on the paper and that you are voting in the parliamentary election for 2021.
- Put the ballot paper in the ballot paper envelope. The envelope should be sealed.
- Put the ballot paper envelope in a cover envelope, then seal the cover envelope. If the cover envelope is open, the vote will be rejected and not counted.
- Write the necessary information on the cover envelope: If you are using an official cover envelope to vote in advance from abroad – write the necessary information on the cover envelope accurately and legibly. It is especially important that your name, national ID number (date of birth + personal number (11 digits in total)) and (previous) home address in Norway are correct.
If you are using an ordinary envelope as your cover envelope, you must write the following information on the envelope:
“For the electoral committee of .............. Municipality” (write in the name of the municipality where you are registered as resident in the Population Register).
The address of the municipality where you are registered/were last registered as resident in the Population Register.
Address of all electoral committees.
The time and place you voted.
Your full name (and previous name, if any) and your national ID number (date of birth + personal number (11 digits in total)).
Your address in Norway on 30 June 2021, or your last registered address in Norway, if you have registered a move abroad.
Have you been registered as resident abroad for more than 10 years before election day?
If you have been registered as resident abroad for more than 10 years before election day, you will at the same time also be applying to be entered into the electoral register in the municipality where you were last registered as resident. You must also affirm that you are still a Norwegian citizen. This application can be written on the outside of the ordinary envelope you are using as a cover envelope, as follows:
“I hereby apply to be entered into the electoral register in the municipality in Norway where I was last registered as resident. I affirm that I am a Norwegian citizen.”
That you are voting in advance by post (postal voting from abroad).
If possible, a witness should confirm that the information on the cover envelope is correct. The name, date of birth and address of the witness should be written on the cover envelope. The witness does not have to be a Norwegian citizen. The witness affirms that the information provided is correct by signing the cover envelope.
Sign your signature on the envelope. You are affirming that the information you have provided is correct.
- Put the cover envelope in a mailing envelope and address the mailing envelope to the electoral committee of the municipality where you are registered, or were last registered, as resident.
Your vote is now ready to be sent by post to Norway.
For it to be accepted as valid, the vote must be sent before 3 September and be in the hands of the municipality’s electoral committee by 17:00 on Tuesday 14 September.