Municipal elections will be held this Saturday 14th of May.
Many women of foreign origin have the right to vote. Here is a short guide to get started!
Can I vote?
if yes, Where?
You need to be at least 18 years old
As women of foreign origin in Iceland, we celebrate the fact that only 3 years of residency is required to be able to vote in local elections (it was 5 years before).
Nordic citizens (Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish) only need to be registered as residents to vote.
Go to your designated voting station and find the booth with your legal address.
Present a valid ID at the polling station that has: 1. Name 2. Picture 3. Kennitala.
If you don’t have such a document, bring several documents with at least 2 of the items, and talk to your poll station worker: a legal representant will be able to certify your documents
More info on voting procedures on the Multicultural Information Centre
You can vote in advance!
If you cannot go vote on Saturday, you can vote in advance in Holtagarðar in Reykjavík every day this week from 10:00 to 22:00 until Friday 13th of May. Here are more info about advance voting polling stations all over the country.
If you need assistance voting or need to vote from home, check this page
Who to vote for?
Understanding the political landscape as a foreign citizen or new Icelander can be challenging. However, you probably already have an opinion about important topics affecting your daily life in your city. Taking an election test can help you get started in deciding your vote. Several news platforms offer them, for example:
Representatives of each party answered the same questions as you. You can then see who you are the closest to. This is a great tool to start understanding your options and read further their proposals.
Check your municipality’s website for more info on the running candidates.
Many parties running in Reykjavík will also have a list in other municipalities.
Some municipalities have lists which are specific to their localities.
Several parties have part of their programs in English and Polish on their website. Here is the alphabetical lists of the parties running for Reykjavík, with their “list-letter”, and languages available on their website:
xE List – Reykjavík, besta borgin – Reykjavik, the best city
Women of foreign origin, celebrate your right to vote!