Tuesday 10/26/21

Voting rights notices in municipal elections to be sent in March

The notices will be accompanied by instructions on safe voting.
Vote. Image by: The Finnish Parliament @SuomenEduskunta
Photo: The Finnish Parliament/@SuomenEduskunta.

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency will send a notice of the right to vote in the 2021 municipal elections to all eligible voters during March.

According to the Ministry of Justice, the notice will be sent by post or in electronic format to those who have activated the Suomi.fi Messages service. The notices will be accompanied by instructions on safe voting.

The notice of right to vote indicates the voter’s election day polling station and contact details of the central municipal election board. A list of advance polling stations close to the eligible voter’s place of residence and instructions on safe voting during the COVID-19 epidemic will also be enclosed.

People who reach the age of 18 on election day at the latest and have a municipality of residence in Finland have the right to vote in the municipal elections.

The elections will be conducted in April 2021. Election day is Sunday 18 April. The advance voting period is in Finland from 7 to 13 April 2021 and abroad from 7 to 10 April 2021.

Health security

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency has established a voting register based on the information contained in the Population Information System on 26 February 2021. The number of eligible voters included in the register is approximately 4,462,000.

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Justice is preparing the municipal elections in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

"The objective is to make sure that everyone can vote safely regardless of the epidemiological situation. Finland is well prepared to organise the municipal elections during the Covid-19 epidemic," the Ministry of Justice said in a press release.