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Local elections – Extended voting rights for people of foreign origin

The local elections are getting closer. Now, more people than ever of foreign origin, have the right to vote here in Iceland since their voting rights have been extended quite a lot recently.

 

Nordic citizens obtain the right to vote as soon as they register their domicile in an Icelandic municipality. Other foreign citizens obtain the right to vote after living in Iceland for three years instead of five before.

 

We encourage you to check out our election section for practical information about the upcoming elections.

 

To find out if you have the right to vote and where you should vote, visit this site set up by Registers Iceland. It´s in Icelandic but you simply fill in your Icelandic personal ID number in the field and press the “Leita” button.

 

The National electoral commission publishes official information about the elections on the website www.kosningar.is. The website is only available in Icelandic but an information page in English is available here: Voting Procedures – Instructions for Foreign Nationals Regarding the Local Government Elections in Iceland on 14 May 2022.

 

The National electoral commission has published voting instructions in Icelandic, English and Polish. One describes how voting is most commonly conducted, Then there are candidates lists to choose from, and also for voting where there is so called “óbundin kosning” (non-binding), where everyone in the municipal over 18 can essentially be elected.

 

Download instructions:

Candidates list

Óbundin kosning

 

 

Here below you find informative videos about how to vote in the local election:

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