General Elections 2014

The general elections to the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), municipal assemblies and county council assemblies is held in Sweden on September 14, 2014. Swedish citizens residing in, or visiting, California may cast their vote in advance at the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco on August 21 through September 5, 2014, or vote by mail. Please note that you cannot vote on the Election Day outside of Sweden. 

The right to vote

To be eligible to vote in the General Elections 2014 you must have turned 18 no later than on Election Day (September 14, 2014).

To be eligible to vote in the elections to the Riksdag you must be a Swedish citizen and have been registered as a resident of Sweden (folkbokförd) at some point.

To have the right to vote in the elections to county councils and municipal councils you must be registered in the county council area and municipality in questions. You also have to be a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU-member state, Norway or Iceland. Other foreign citizens has to have been a registered resident of Sweden for a continous period of three years before Election Day in order to have the right to vote in the elections to county councils and municipal councils. 

Swedish citizens residing outside of Sweden who are no longer registered on an address in Sweden in the Swedish population registry (utskrivna) can only vote in the election to the Riksdag.

 

Voting card 

The Swedish Election Authority (Valmyndigheten) send out expatriate voting cards (utlandsröstkort) to Swedes who are registered on an address outside of Sweden starting June 18, 2014. The voting card will be sent to the address that is registered in the Swedish population registry with the Swedish Tax Agency. A change of address must be reported to the Swedish Tax Agency no later than 30 days before Election Day in order to receive an expatriate voting card via mail.

The expatriate voting card can be used to vote at the Consulate or to vote via mail. Swedish citizens visiting California may vote at the Consulate with the regular voting card.

Swedish citizens who has not received a regular voting card or expatriate voting card may still cast their vote in the general election. 

 

How to vote outside of Sweden

If you would like to cast your vote  in person at the Consulate General in San Francisco you will need to bring a valid photo ID and your voting card. You can vote at the Consulate even if you have not received your voting card in the mail. You will then need to bring a valid photo ID and your Swedish personal ID number (personnummer). 

If you would like to vote by mail but have not received an expatriate voting card you may contact the Consulate and request to have instructions and ballots sent to you or pick it up in person during our regular opening hours. 

Please contact the Consulate General in San Francisco at (415) 788-2631 or via sf@consulateofsweden.org if you would like voting material or if you have any questions. 

 

The Consulate General in San Francisco will be open for voters on the following time and dates: 

Thursday, August 21 9 am - 12 noon
Friday, August 22 9 am - 12 noon
Monday, August 25 9 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 6 pm 
Tuesday, August 26 9 am - 12 noon 
Wednesday, August 27  9 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, August 28  9 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 6 pm
Friday, August 29 9 am - 12 noon 
Tuesday, September 2 9 am - 12 noon 
Wednesday, September 3  9 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 5 pm 
Thursday, September 4  9 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 6 pm 
Friday, September 5 9 am - 12 noon