Published: 13 July 2021

Over one-half of voters voted in advance

Statistics Finland releases information on the background of persons who voted in the Municipal elections 2021. The voting turnout in the elections was 55.1 per cent, which was the lowest since the 1945 Municipal elections. Clearly over one-half (60.0%) of those who voted cast their votes in advance. Detailed information about unit-level background factors on voting turnout is found in the review: Persons who voted in Municipal elections 2021.

Voting percentages in Municipal elections 1984–2021

Voting percentages in Municipal elections 1984–2021

Clearly over one-half (60.0%) of those who voted did so in advance, the share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote was 33.1 per cent. In main type of activity groups advance voting was most common among pensioners, 45.1 per cent of those belonging to this group voted in advance.

Share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in Municipal elections 2017 and 2021, %

Share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in Municipal elections 2017 and 2021, %

Examined by age those aged 75 were the most active advance voters (52.2% of persons entitled to vote), the number of advance voters was in relative terms lowest among those aged 18 (18.1%).

In the voting districts where voting data was also available for the election day, the voting turnout was highest for those entitled to vote aged 73, of whom 69.6 per cent voted. The electronic voting register that enables a detailed examination of voting data on the election day was in use in 152 municipalities, of which 99 received data from all voting districts. All in all, this covered 43.8 per cent of persons entitled to vote in the Municipal elections 2021.

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas by sex and age in the Municipal elections 2021, %

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas by sex and age in the Municipal elections 2021, %

Source: Municipal Elections 2021, Review of voting, Statistics Finland

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Updated 13.7.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Municipal elections [e-publication].
ISSN=2323-1114. background analysis of candidates and elected persons 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.9.2021].
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