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, the US may vote by mail (no earlier than July 31), or cast their advance votes in person at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington or at some of the Swedish Consulates beginning on August 21, 2014. Please note that you cannot vote abroad on Election Day.  

To be eligible to vote you must have turned 18 no later than on Election Day (September 14, 2014). To be eligible to vote in the parliamentary election, you must be a Swedish citizen and you must have, at some point, been registered as a resident of Sweden (folkbokförd). To be able to vote in the municipal/county elections, you must be a Swedish citizen and registered (folkbokförd) in the municipality/county, or be a citizen of a EU-member state, Norway or Iceland and be registered (folkbokförd) in the municipality/county, or be a citizen in any other country and have been registered as a resident of Sweden (folkbokförd) for three consecutive years and currently be registered in the municipality/county. Swedish citizens residing abroad who have deregistered from the population register (utskrivna) can thus only vote in the parliamentary election. Your voting card will state in which elections you may vote.

The Swedish Election Authority (Valmyndigheten) begins to send out expatriate voting cards (utlandsröstkort) to Swedes who are registered with the Tax Agency (Skatteverket) as residing abroad on June 18 to the address listed with the Tax Agency. In order to receive an expatriate voting card, any change of address abroad must be reported to the Tax Agency no later than 30 days prior to Election Day. The notification form is available on the Tax Agency’s website.

The expatriate voting cards can be used to vote by mail as well as for voting at an Embassy/Consulate. If you are only temporarily abroad, your regular voting card is sent to your Swedish address as registered with the Tax Agency, but may still be used for voting abroad – by mail or at an Embassy/Consulate. Ask a friend in Sweden to send it to you!

Swedes residing abroad remain in the electoral register for ten years after their emigration is officially recorded in the Tax Agency’s population register (folkbokföringen), and thereby maintain their right to vote in Swedish elections for the duration of this period. After ten years, a notification form must be submitted to the Tax Agency to remain in the electoral register and thus to retain the right to vote, and receive an expatriate voting card in the mail for an additional ten years. The form must be received by the Tax Agency no later than 30 days prior to Election Day and should be sent to the address stated on the form. However, please note that even if the notification form is not received by the tax agency in time, Swedes residing aboard who are no longer listed in the electoral register, and therefore do not receive an expatriate voting card in the mail, may still vote in elections – by mail or in person at an Embassy/Consulate. Voting in an election is considered as a request to remain in the electoral register for the following ten years.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can pick up necessary instructions and ballots at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC during regular opening hours, or you may request to have the information package sent to you by Embassy or a Swedish Consulate in the U.S. and the surrounding area. Necessary information can also be received directly from the Election Authority in Sweden. Keep in mind that your vote by mail cannot be postmarked any earlier than July 31, and must have reached the Election Authority in Sweden by September 15, and it must be mailed from abroad.

Vote at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC

To vote in advance at the Embassy in Washington, DC or a Consulate, bring a valid photo ID (preferably Swedish), e.g. Swedish or U.S. passport or driver’s license, as well as your voting card. If you have not received your voting card, you may still vote. Voting at the Embassy in Washington, DC will start on August 21 and the last day to cast your vote in person is on September 5.

If you want to vote for a specific candidate, you must personally obtain the ballot showing the candidate(s) name(s) directly from the respective political parties in Sweden.

Link to opening hours for voting at Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC (in Swedish)

Please note that you cannot vote abroad on Election Day!

> More information is available on the Swedish Election Authority’s website:www.val.se.

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