Voting Abroad - Elections 2018

The General Elections to the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), Municipal Assemblies and County Council Assemblies are held in Sweden on September 9, 2018.

Swedish citizens abroad may vote by postal mail or cast their votes in person at different voting locations throughout the U.S.

Material for voting by mail, including voting cards, is automatically sent to all Swedish voters abroad (starting in mid-July 2018). The Election Authority uses the information in the Electoral Register (röstlängden), which is your address as it is listed with the Tax Agency (folkbokföringen), so it is important to keep your address up to date. You can easily update your address by completing a form from the Tax Agency’s website and sending it to the address listed on the form.

> Notification form: “Ny adress/röstlängd för utvandrad” 

You can also request material for voting by mail directly from the Election Authority or from your municipality, or by sending an email to any consulate/embassy in the U.S. Do not forget to include your complete postal mailing address! You can begin to vote by mail on July 26, no sooner. Votes sent at an earlie date will be invalid.

Eligibility to Vote

To be eligible to vote, you must turn18 no later than on Election Day (September 9, 2018).  

>To be eligible to vote in the parliamentary election, you must be a Swedish citizen and you must have, at some point, resided in 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 of any other country and have resided in Sweden (folkbokförd) for three consecutive years and currently be registered in the municipality/county. 

Swedish citizens residing abroad who are no longer registered in the population register (utskrivna) can only vote in the parliamentary election. Your voting card will state in which elections you may vote.

Voting Locations in the United States

Bring valid photo ID (e.g. passport or driver license) and your voting card when you are going to cast your vote. (If you have not received a voting card you may still vote as long as you are eligible to vote – se above)

> Addresses and opening hours to vote in northeastern U.S. (New York, Boston, Jamestown, Philadelphia)

> Voting locations and opening hours for the entire U.S.

 The Electoral Register

Swedes residing abroad remain in the Electoral Register (röstlängden) for ten years after their emigration is recorded in the Tax Agency’s population register (folkbokföringen).

After ten years, a notification form (“Ny adress/röstlängd för utvandrad”)  must be submitted to the Tax Agency to remain in the Electoral Register for an additional ten years. The form must be received by the Tax Agency no later than 30 days prior to Election Day.

Even if a notification is not made 30 days prior to Election Day, Swedish voters abroad may still vote in the elections – by mail or in person. A vote from abroad counts as long as it is received by the Election Authority no later than 12noon on the day before Election Day. Voting in an election is considered a request to remain in the electoral register for the following ten years.

> Read more on the Election Authority’s website