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Elections 2021

How to vote as an international in local and regional elections on 16 November 2021

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Did you know that internationals can vote in local and regional elections?

You may be eligible* to vote in local and regional elections in Denmark if you are 18 years old or older and one of the following applies to you: 

  • You are a Danish citizen
  • You are citizen of another EU member state, Iceland or Norway
  • You are a citizen of another country than the ones listed above who has resided in Denmark for four years prior to election day 

UK citizens who were already residing in Denmark on 31 January 2020 and still reside in Denmark are eligible to vote in local and regional elections. UK citizens who moved to Denmark after 31 January 2020 follow the same guidelines as non-EU citizens and will be eligible to vote in local and regional elections once they have resided in Denmark for four years.

When is election day?

Local and regional elections are held every four years. This year, election day will be on Tuesday, 16 November, 2021.

No need to register

If you meet the voting criteria, you will automatically be added to the electoral register in the municipality in which your CPR number is registered and a poll card, valgkort, will be sent to you by post approximately 5 days prior to election day.

Voting in-person

Bring your poll card with you to your local polling station. The address of your polling station is listed on your poll card. The list of polling stations can be found on Aalborg Municipality’s website.

If you did not receive a poll card or lost it, you may also bring your yellow health card, sundhedskort, and a form of photo identification (such as passport or driving license) to your polling station on election day. If you are unsure about the voting procedure or cannot read Danish, you are allowed to ask a polling official for help.

About local elections

Local elections determine the city council members in Aalborg Municipality, who then elect a mayor amongst themselves. 

Some of the city council’s responsibilities include:

• education
• libraries
• childcare and elderly care
• integration
• employment
• transportation
• nature and the environment 

About regional elections

Regional elections determine which leaders sit on regional councils. If you reside in North Denmark, you would be electing members to the North Denmark Regional council (Region Nordjylland). 

Some of the regional council’s responsibilities include:

  • hospitals and health care
  • care for vulnerable groups and groups with special needs
  • culture
  • regional development (i.e., tourism, business, economy, etc.)

Can’t make it on election day?

Denmark allows early voting by post, brevstemme, and these votes can be delivered to local Citizen Service centres, Borgerservice, or in some municipalities at other facilities, such as libraries. Check Aalborg Municipality’s website after 5 October, 2021 for the voting by post locations in and around Aalborg. Voting by post begins 6 weeks before the election on Tuesday, 5 October, 2021 and ends the last Friday before the election on 12 November, 2021 at 16:00.

You can also apply to vote from home if you are prevented from going in-person due to illness, restricted mobility, etc. Contact the Citizen Service centre for information.

Get informed on the candidates

The official list of candidates will be released 6 weeks before the election on 5 October, 2021 on Aalborg Municipality’s website. You can use this information to do research on the candidates, parties, and their positions.

Helpful websites 

  • elections.im.dk
  • lifeindenmark.dk 

Helpful key search terms 

  • kommunalvalg - local election
  • regionrådsvalg - regional election
  • brevstemme - voting by post
  • valgkort - poll card
  • valgmøde - election meeting or rally
  • kandidatliste - list of candidates
  • afstemningssteder - polling stations
  • byrådsmedlem - city council member
  • regionrådsmedlem - regional council member 

*Exclusions: Internationals residing in deportation centres, sentenced to deportation, or serving prison sentences are ineligible to vote in Denmark. You are also ineligible to vote in local elections if you moved to the municipality less than 7 days prior to election day. You may, however, still be able to vote in the regional election in your previous municipality.