Vote in the Parliamentary elections: When, where, who and how!

20 March, 2023

It’s time for Finland’s parliamentary election and the official voting day is April 2 2023. Make your voice heard, cast your vote and have a say in Finland’s decision-making process.


When can I vote?


You can vote on the voting day itself, on April 2nd. The voting offices will be open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. On this day you may only vote in the voting office that has been assigned to you. The address of your voting office is on your voting slip and accompanying information package that has been mailed to you in advance. You can also find your voting office at aanestyspaikat.fi (site is in English).

In case you are unable to vote on the official voting day, you may also vote in advance. Advance voting is available between the 22nd and 28th of March. You may vote in advance at any voting location during that specific office’s opening hours.

In case you happen to be abroad during the election you may also vote in advance at Finnish embassies or consulates. You may also vote by mail from abroad. You must order your mail voting documents in advance to your own address abroad.


Where can I vote?

If you vote on election day you may only vote in the voting office that has been assigned to you in advance. The voting offices open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The voting office’s address is available on the voting slip that should have arrived by mail to you. You can also find your voting office at aanestyspaikat.fi (site is in English).

You may also vote in advance at any official voting office during that particular office’s opening hours. The advance voting is usually available at public libraries, municipal offices and shopping malls. Below you will find suggestions for an advance voting location near Arcada’s campus.

Arabianranta Library
Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki
Phone 09-31013344
Open:
22.03. – 24.03.2023 kl. 10:00 – 18:00
25.03. – 25.03.2023 kl. 10:00 – 16:00
26.03. – 26.03.2023 kl. 12:00 – 16:00
27.03. – 28.03.2023 kl. 09:00 – 20:00


Who can vote?

Every Finnish citizen of at least 18 years of age is eligible to vote in parliamentary elections.


Who can I vote for?

There are 13 voting districts in the Finnish parliamentary election. Each district has its own candidates that run for parties or independently. You may only vote for a candidate in your own district. In case you are uncertain of which district you are in, you can check that here. If you’re studying and living in Helsinki, but registered in Vaasa, you will still only be able to vote for a candidate from the Vaasa voting district.

If you don’t know who to vote for already, you can find a suitable candidate with the help of an “election compass” where you can answer questions about political topics and see what candidates match your answers.


How is it done?

1. Bring some form of identification, e.g. a police issued identity card, a passport, a driver’s license or some other official identity document with a photo. If you don’t have anything to confirm your identity with, you may pick up a temporary document at the nearest police station in order for you to vote. To get such a document you need two passport photos that may be no more than six months old.

2. Show your identification to the voting officer. They will find your name from a log book and will give you your voting slip. They will note in the log book that you have voted. An election commission consisting of five members, of whom at least three should be present the entire day, supervise the voting in the voting location.

3. Write down the number of the candidate you wish to vote for. Do not under any circumstances write anything but the number on your voting slip.

4. When you have written the number of your candidate on your slip, you may fold it so that the number is inside the fold and not visible outwards.

5. Take your folded voting slip and go to the voting official who supervises the ballot. They will stamp your slip, then you may put it in the ballot. After having left your vote in the ballot, you may leave the voting office.

The student organizations in the Helsinki region will go out together to vote on the first day of the early voting on 22nd of March from 11 am! If you would like to join you can find more information about the event on Facebook here: Voting in overalls.

The text is part of ASK’s and Novium’s joint parliamentary election campaign “Kaikille samma!“.