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As part of our project “internationals and the local elections” HowtoDenmark has hosted events in the municipalities of Horsens, Vejle, Aarhus and Kolding in order to increase the awernes of what the different candidates stands for.

Our aim to give internationals a better change to know the diffrencies between the candidates and their parties.

Even though you don’t live in any of the four places you might want to click your way around this page. The candidates represent a party. When you listen to the candidates you get a feeling about what the parti stands for, and therefor you might get a better picture of where you want to put your vote.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s development fund for local public education


Who can vote

When are you eligible to vote at the local election if you are an international?

  • If you are 18 years old and
  • if you have your permanent address in Denmark and finally
  • if you are a citizen in a European country, Iceland, or Norway. 

You are welcome to vote at the local election.

If you have a non-EU passport you will also have to have lived in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands for the last four years.

If you are a British citizen and have registered your address after January 31, 2020 you will have to have lived in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands for the last four years.

How do you vote

Soon you will receive your poll card

Your municipality will send your poll card to your home address no later than five days before the election.

If you haven’t received your poll card on November 11 then you should contact the citizen service in your municipality. 

On your poll card you will find information on date and time for the election. You will also find the address for your local polling station. At many poll cards there are also information on which table you must go to when you arrive at the polling station. 

On election day, November 16, you must hand over your poll card at the polling station to be able to vote. The poll card is used to check that you are on the electoral register and that you haven’t already voted. 

When you have been ticked off at the electoral register you will be given two ballotpapers: one for the local election and one for the regional election. 

If you haven’t succeeded in getting your poll card but you are eligible to vote you can still show up at your local polling station, you will just have to show identification

Valgkort til kommunale og regionale valg (borger.dk)

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Double up on ballot papers

HowtoDenmark has focused a lot on the local election, but on November 16 you will be given two ballot papers, one for the local election and one for the regional election. 

Now let’s talk about the regional election. The regions have the responsibility of all treatment of the public healthcare sector. There are five regions, and the five regions have a total of 117.000 full time employees and a budget of 100 billions per year. 

The regions also secure the regional development through growth initiatives and regional public transport.

You can do a test to get inspired on where to place your vote:  Kandidattest til regionalvalget 2021 – Tag valgtesten og se kandidaternes svar – TV 2


How to vote with a letter

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Do’s and don’ts in the polling booth

It seems like an easy task to vote, but there are rules to be followed. We will guide you through your time in the polling booth.

  • you may use an X or a +, but you may not use a letter, draw a circle or do an emoji
  • it is not allowed to use a distinct and recognizable pen, like a gold pen
  • You may not write your name on the ballot papers
  • Children are only allowed in the polling booth if they haven’t learned the alphabet yet and if the polling officials allow it

If you change your mind before you throw your ballot papers in the ballot box, then you can ask for a new ballot paper.

Finally, don’t publish a selfie with you and your ballot paper – your vote is considered confidential. What happens in the polling booth stays in the polling booth.

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