Published: 3 April 2018

Over one-half of voters voted in advance

Corrected on 5 April 2018. The corrections are indicated in red.

Statistics Finland releases data on the first election round of the 2018 Presidential election concerning the backgrounds of those having voted. The voting percentage of Finnish citizens living in Finland was 69.9 per cent in the first election round of the Presidential election 2018. Over one-half of those who voted in the election voted in advance, 52.5 per cent. The voting percentage diminished from the first election of the previous Presidential election by 2.9 percentage points. More detailed information on voting and backgrounds of those who voted can be found in the review: Persons who voted in the Presidential election 2018.

Data on those having voted on the election day were available from 134 municipalities, of which 79 municipalities’ data were received from all voting districts. In all, data were obtained from 607 voting districts in Mainland Finland. These voting districts covered 38.3 per cent of the persons entitled to vote in the Presidential election 2018.

Voting percentage and advance voting percentage (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) in the first election round of the Presidential elections 1994 to 2018, %

Voting percentage and advance voting percentage (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) in the first election round of the Presidential elections 1994 to 2018, %

Of the persons entitled to vote, 1,559,488, or 36.7 per cent of all persons entitled to vote living in Finland, voted in advance. Of pensioners entitled to vote, 51.3 per cent voted in advance. In other groups of main type of activity, the share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote remained below the level of all advance voters. Among all advance voters, the share of employed persons was 44.1 per cent and that of pensioners 43.8 per cent.

Share of advance voters (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the first election round of the Presidential election 2018, %

Share of advance voters (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the first election round of the Presidential election 2018, %

Those aged 74 were the most active advance voters in the whole country (59.0%), the number of advance voters was in relative terms lowest among those aged 18 (18.4%). In those voting districts from which data were available, the voting percentage of both advance voting and voting on the election day were highest for those aged 70, in all 82.3 per cent. Among the population aged under 90, the voting percentage was lowest for those aged 20, being 46.2 per cent.

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) by sex and age in the first election round of the Presidential election 2018, %

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) by sex and age in the first election round of the Presidential election 2018, %

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Source: Presidential Elections 2018, Review of voting, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Presidential elections [e-publication].
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