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Early presidential election voting has started

25.05.2020 - 16:00
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 Mynd: Hreiðar Þór Björnsson - RÚV
Early voting starts today for Iceland’s presidential election. Those unable to attend polling stations in person on 27th June can vote early at Smáralind shopping centre, district commissioners’ offices around Iceland, and at Icelandic diplomatic missions overseas.

All Icelandic citizens in Iceland, plus those who have been registered as living abroad for less than eight years, are eligible to vote. 

Two candidates managed to collect enough sponsors’ signatures before the candidacy deadline expired: incumbent president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson. 

All Icelandic embassies, except the permanent representation to NATO in Brussels, are open to citizens wishing to vote; as are the consulates in New York, Winnipeg, Tórshavn, and Nuuk. Honorary consuls are also collecting votes—though access may be hampered due to ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in many countries. 

The main election will take place in Iceland on 27th June. No sitting president of the Republic of Iceland has ever lost an election. The reasons for this, and why it may nevertheless be a good idea to hold such elections despite this fact, are discussed towards the end of today’s episode of The Week in Iceland.

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