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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.

From abroad you can choose to vote by postal mail or to cast your vote in person at different voting locations throughout the U.S.

Update: Voting in person is no longer possible in the U.S. If you vote by mail please mke sure it reaches Sweden in time for the election.

Do I need a voting card to vote?
- No, you can vote without a voting card, both by mail and in person as long as you meet the eligibility requirements below. You can order material to vote by postal mail from the  Election Authority, from your municipality, or from any consulate/embassy in the U.S.

I'm not sure I'm in the Electoral Register (röstlängden), can I still vote?
- Yes you can - as long as you meet the eligibility requirements below. And your vote counts as a reregistration for another 10 years.

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.

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

It is no longer possible to vote in person in the U.S. If you want to vote by mail please ensure that your vote reaches Sweden in time for the Elections.

 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