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Advance voting hits record levels in Finnish election

Advance voting has been brisker than in any previous parliamentary election.

Vallilan kirjastossa ennakkoäänestyksessä jonottavia ihmisiä. Jonot kiertelevät kirjahyllyjen välissä.
There were lengthy queues at advance voting stations across the country. This picture was taken on the final day of advance voting at Vallila library in Helsinki. Image: Jani Nivala / Yle
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A record 40 percent of registered voters have already cast their ballots in Finland's parliamentary election, ahead of the official election day on Sunday 2 April.

That amounts to 1,710,199 people voting before the close of advance voting on Tuesday, according to the Justice Ministry's website. Anyone that has not already voted will now have to wait until Sunday to cast their ballots.

In 2019 some 36.6 percent of the electorate voted in advance. The overall turnout, including those voting on election day, was 72.1 percent.

The highest advance voting figures were recorded in Lapland (45.3 percent), Pirkanmaa (44.3 percent) and Satakunta (43.3 percent).

Women were more active in voting than men, with 41.9 percent of female voters voting in the advance voting period compared to 37.9 percent of men.

Finnish law stipulates that there must be at least one advance voting station in every municipality. Most have several, and they can be open from 8am until 8pm. For advance voting, people can use any polling station nationwide. On election day they must use their own allocated polling station.

Polling stations are open from 9am until 8pm on Sunday, with initial results from advance voting known soon after polls close.

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