2021 elections in Norway: The ballot paper has been digitalized for the first time

Digital ballot paperPhoto: Valgdirektoratet / NTB

This week, 3.5 million Norwegians received their digital election card. This is the first time that the Norwegian Electoral Directorate has tried out the digital solution.

“This marks the start of the elections,” director Bjørn Berg in the Norwegian Electoral Directorate noted in a press release.

This year’s ballot paper, which is normally sent by post, has gone digital. From August 10, all Norwegians will have access to the document via their digital mailbox.

Digital ballot papers can be accessed directly via mobile phone and do not need to be printed. It is also not necessary to show the ballot paper when you are going to vote, but it makes the actual voting process easier and faster, according to Berg.

Identification document necessary

“The only thing you must bring with you is an identification document with your full name, photo, and date of birth. If you have this, you will get to vote,” Berg emphasized.

This does not mean that Norwegians can vote digitally, and no changes have been made in how the election is conducted. Those who do not want to use electronic mail or have not updated the contact information in the contact and travel visa register will still receive ballot papers via the mail.

From August 10 until September 10, Norwegians can vote in advance throughout the country. On election day, September 15, people can only vote in the municipality where they are registered.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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