Advance Voting Outside the polling place, at your location

If you are not staying in your residence and are unable to vote at a voting district due to your state of health or for another good reason, you may submit a written application to vote at your location (e.g. in hospital, nursing home, your residence which is not registered as your place of residence in the population register, etc).

For voters voting outside their voting district of residence, the polling places are also only open from the sixth day until the third day before the election day, i.e. from Monday till Wednesday of the week preceding the election day.

You need an identity document to vote. You must also know what address the population register lists as your place of residence because the ballot paper will be sent in an envelope to the voting district committee of your residence.

In order to vote at your location, you must submit a written application to the nearest voting district committee or rural municipality or city government (in Tallinn, district administration) organising the advance voting outside the voting district  of residence by 2 p.m. on the last day of advance voting.

The application has to state the reason for voting at your location, such as:

  • state of health,
  • advanced age,
  • difficult road conditions,
  • lack of transport.

If the voting district committee considers the application to be unjustified, it will inform you of the reasons to deny your application.

The voting is organised by at least two members of the division committee who arrive at your location.

Your data will be entered in the list of voters upon the presentation of your identity document.

A member of the voting district committee gives you a ballot paper, two envelopes and a copy of the consolidated list of candidates in your electoral district of residence, which must be returned to the voting district committee after the voting.

You must sign the list of voters voting outside the voting district of their residence against the receipt of a ballot paper.

After filling in the ballot paper, you must enclose it in the internal (smaller) envelope given to you by a member of the district committee, and then enclose that in the outer (bigger) envelope. You or a member of the district committee must write your name, personal identification code and address as registered in the population register as of 30 days before the election day on the outer envelope. 

You must deposit the ballot paper enclosed in two envelopes in the ballot box prescribed for the ballot papers of voters voting outside the voting district of their residence.

Voting for persons eligible to vote staying in custodial institutions but not serving a prison sentence is organised in a way similar to voting at one’s location. The application for organising a voting in a custodial institution is presented by the administration of the custodial institution.

Voting at one’s location must not be confused with voting at home on the election day, because voting at one’s location takes place during the advance voting while voting at home only takes place on the election day.