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More early voting than four years ago

07.09.2021 - 15:40
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Close to five thousand people have already cast their ballots in early voting for the 25th September Alþingi election. This is three thousand more people than at this stage four years ago. Voting solutions for people who will be in isolation or quarantine on polling day are still being worked on.

Early polling has been open for three-and-a-half weeks already, and 4,900 people have voted. 

“We quite expected there would be good turnout, which can maybe be attributed to how good our opening hours are. We opened right away in two locations and are open ten-til-ten every day of the week,” says Sigríður Kristinsdóttir, capital region district commissioner. 

Eletronic driving licences take longer 

Electronic driving licences, which are legal forms of ID in Iceland, caused a headache when it was highlighted that they can potentially be forged. Sigríður says that problem has been sorted: “Now there is an app to be able to even better authenticate driving licences. It is going well.” 

No snags?

“None that are worth mentioning. But it does take longer to authenticate electronic driving licences than when people come with a [physical] driving licence or passport.” 

More polling stations in Reykjavík 

There will be several more polling stations in Reykjavík on 25th September than in previous elections. It will be possible to vote at 23 locations in the City of Reykjavík, instead of the previous 18. The new locations are KR-heimilið at Frostaskjóli, Höfðatorg, Álftamýrarskóli, Foldaskóli, and Rimaskóli. 

District commissioners' offices around Iceland are working with the Ministry of Health to make sure people in COVID-19 isolation or quarantine will be able to exercise their right to vote. 

“We expect regulations shortly, and this temporary addendum to the election law will make it possible to start so-called covid voting five days before polling day, so we expect it to start on 20th September.” 

About the election  

All Icelandic citizens (ríkisborgarar) aged over 18 are eligible to vote.    

The Multicultural and Information Centre has created a comprehensive election website in English, which can be seen here.   

With just over two weeks to go until the 25th September election, RÚV English is covering politics almost every day under the “Election 2021” tag. There will be an election special of The Week in Iceland on 20th September, and live election night coverage.  

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