The democracy project #ÉgKýs (meaning ‘I vote’) aims to increase democratic consciousness and encourage young people to vote – hoping to increase the youth voter turnout. #ÉgKýs consists of a democracy week in upper secondary schools that ends with mock elections on the 12th of April. The result of the mock elections will be announced after the closing of voting of the municipal elections on the 26th of May 2018.

How do I vote in the municipal elections if I am not based in Reykjavik?

Why should I vote?

What does the City of Reykjavik do – Why it is important to vote?

Elections to city council are your opportunity to have an impact on your neighbourhood and the City. Participating in local elections is therefore important to you.

The City of Reykjavik is responsible for primary schools, pre-schools, libraries, social services and services for disabled people.  The City is also responsible for swimming pools, buses, trash collection, snow ploughing and street lights, just to name a few.

It is therefore very important that all residents of Reykjavik use their right to vote for representatives who they trust to take on these important issues.

 

Do I have the right to vote?

May I vote in city elections?

Icelandic Citizens

  • If you are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a legal address in Reykjavik as of 5 May 2018

Foreign Nationals

  • If you are 18 years of age or older
  • If you have Scandinavian citizenship (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or Finnish) and have had a legal address in Iceland for 3 consecutive years.
  • Other foreign nationals may vote if they have had a legal address in Iceland for 5 consecutive years.
  • Have a legal address in Reykjavik as of 5 May 2018

It is not necessary to register to vote.

 

Where do I vote?

You vote in your neighbourhood- polling stations in Reykjavik are:

Árbæjarskóli, Breiðagerðisskóli, Hagaskóli, Hlíðaskóli, Ingunnarskóli, Íþróttamiðstöðin Austurbergi, Íþróttamiðstöðin Grafarvogi, Dalhúsum, Kjarvalsstaðir, Klébergsskóli, Laugalækjarskóli, Menntaskólinn við Sund, Norðlingaskóli, Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Vættaskóli Borgir, Ölduselsskóli

Voters can see where they vote after 5 May 2018.

 

How do I vote?

Polling stations are open from 09:00 – 22:00 on Election Day, 26 May 2018.

You will need to show a picture ID (with kennitala) or passport. After checking off your name you will be given a ballot and shown to an available voting booth.

When in the booth use the provided pencil to make an X in the box corresponding to the party of your choice. When you have completed making your selection leave the booth and place your ballot in the ballot box.