14,3% of eligible voters have voted in the European Parliament elections


By 8 p.m. tonight, 126,627 voters had cast their ballot in the European Parliament elections in Estonia. This is 14,3% of the total number of eligible voters. 94,558 votes have been cast electronically, 32 069 votes in polling places.

At the European Parliament elections five years ago, 27,092 voters had voted in county centres and 60,044 over the internet by 8 p.m. on the fifth day of advance voting. Altogether 9.7% of eligible voters had cast their ballot. In the Riigikogu elections some months ago, 189,532 voters had voted by the evening of the fifth day, which formed 21.5% of the total number of eligible voters.

Advance voting at polling places lasts until Wednesday evening; all 444 polling places will be open until that time. It is possible to vote every day from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Each local government has at least one polling place that organises voting outside the voters’ place of residence. More information about polling places can be found in the map application valimised.rahvastikuregister.ee. I-voting continues at the address www.valimised.ee around the clock until 6 p.m. on 22 May.

A vote cast over the internet can be changed by another i-vote, or by voting in a polling place on the advance voting days. On the election day, 26 May, a voter cannot change their earlier vote, and voting is possible only at the polling place of the voter’s residence.

At the polling place, the voter must present a valid identity document, e.g. ID-card, passport, or driving licence. It is not necessary to bring the voter’s card.

At the European Parliament elections, voting is open to the citizens of Estonia as well as the citizens of other European Union Member States who reside permanently in Estonia and have expressed their wish to vote here. There is only one national electoral district, which covers the whole Estonia, and the voter can make their choice from among all the 66 candidates.