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International voters don’t know their rights

 
Almost three quarters of polled international voters said they would vote in the upcoming local elections. But more than 2/3 argue that international voters know too little about their voting rights

In October, The Murmur carried out a survey and quiz of its readers to find out what they knew about their voting rights, which 122 readers completed. The simple fact is that many didn’t have a clue. We asked two questions and gave three possible answers each.

Can EU and EEA residents in Denmark vote in municipal and regional elections?

  • Correct answer: Yes, immediately after becoming a resident – 58.2%
  • Wrong answer: Yes but only after three years residency – 36.9%
  • Wrong answer: No – 4.9 %

Can non-EU and EEA residents in Denmark vote in municipal and regional elections?

  • Correct answer: Yes but only after three years residency – 51.6%
  • Wrong answer: Yes, immediately after becoming a resident – 33.6%
  • Wrong answer: No – 14.8%

READ MORE: VOTE! Everything you need to know about the 2017 local elections

In summary, only around half of the internationals we surveyed, knew who was and was not entitled to vote in the coming election. This was reflected by their response to the question:

Do you think internationals in Denmark are aware of their voting rights?

But there is some positive news too, as almost three quarters of internationals reported that they will take advantage of their right to vote.

Will you vote in the upcoming Municipal and Regional election on November 21?

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By Peter Stanners

Co-founder and Editor-in-chief. Occasional photographer.

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