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Election activities and dates – European Parliament elections 2024

Date

Term

Activity

8 March 2024 at the latest

At least 3 months before election day

The President of the Republic calls the elections.

31 March 2024 at the latest

On the 70th day before election day at the latest

The Ministry of the Interior organises the preparation of notifications and sending them to the citizens of the European Union who have the right to participate in the voting.

10 April 2024

On the 60th day before election day

The nomination of candidates begins. Before the nomination of candidates, political parties and independent candidates deposit a security to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance.

10 April 2024 at the latest

On the 60th day before election day at the latest

The Ministry of the Interior sends electronic information sheets to voters who reside permanently abroad or are temporarily staying abroad according to the data in the population register, to their e-mail address registered in the Estonian open data portal or entered in the population register.

20 April 2024 at the latest

On the 50th day before election day at the latest

Rural municipality and city governments determine voting districts by their regulations.

20 April 2024

On the 50th day before election day

Nomination of candidates ends (at 6 p.m.).

27 April 2024 at the latest

On the 43rd day before election day at the latest

Correction of errors in candidates’ documents ends (at 6 p.m.).

30 April 2024 at the latest

On the 40th day before election day at the latest

The National Electoral Committee registers the candidates nominated in accordance with the requirements.

30 April 2024 at the latest

On the 40th day before election day at the latest

Political parties participating in the elections each present one member candidate for each voting district committee to rural municipality and city secretaries.

3 May 2024 at the latest, if candidates are registered on 30 April 2024

Within 3 days after the registration of candidates

Candidates may submit applications to decline to stand as a candidate.

10 May 2024 at the latest

On the 30th day before election day at the latest

Foreign missions should have received applications to vote by post. Foreign missions send election documents to voters at the earliest opportunity.

10 May 2024 at the latest

On the 30th day before election day at the latest

Citizens of the European Union who wish to participate in the voting submit an application to be entered in the list of voters to the controller of the population register.

15 May 2024

On the 25th day before election day

The Ministry of the Interior prepares the lists of voters. Any changes made to the data on residential address and address of the place of stay after the 30th day before election day are not taken into account.

20 May 2024 at the latest

On the 20th day before election day at the latest

Rural municipality and city councils appoint, by their resolutions, voting district committees comprising at least five members, and chairs of voting district committees.

25–30 May 2024

From the 15th day to the 10th day before election day

Voting at foreign missions takes place on at least two days.

30 May 2024 at the latest

On the 10th day before election day at the latest

The Ministry of the Interior sends election information sheets to voters.

3 June – 18 June 2024

From the 6th day to the 1st day before election day

Electronic voting is held. Voting opens at 9 a.m. on 3 June 2024 and lasts 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on 8 June 2024.

3–6 June 2024

From the 6th day to the 3rd day before election day

Advance voting is held in at least one designated voting district in each rural municipality and city from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

3–6 June 2024

From the 6th day to the 3rd day before election day

Voting in custodial institutions, hospitals and 24-hour social welfare institution is organised from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

7–8 June 2024

From the 2nd day to the 1st day before election day

Advance voting is held in all voting districts from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Voting at home (at the location of voter) is also held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

9 June 2024

Election Day

Voting is held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting at home (at the location of voter) is also held.

The counting of votes begins after the close of voting in Estonia. After 8 p.m., the vote counting committee of the city of Tallinn begins counting the votes cast by voters who voted abroad. After 8 p.m., the State Electoral Office ascertains the results of electronic voting. Voting results may not be disclosed before the close of voting in all Member States of the European Union.

29 June 2024

On the 20th day after election day at the latest

The National Electoral Committee registers the elected Members of the European Parliament and their alternate members.

10 July 2024 at the latest

Within one month as of election day

Political parties and independent candidates submit election campaign reports to the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee within one month as of election day.