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Voting on Election Day

At the polling station, you have to present yourself at the voting table indicated on your poll card and turn over your poll card to the keeper of the electoral register. You might be requested to give your name, address and/or date of birth. If you have not received you poll card, or you have forgotten to bring it to the polling station, you can still vote. In case of doubt about your identity, the keeper of the electoral register has to determine your identity and might for this reason ask you to provide some form of documentation thereof, e.g. a passport, drivers license or other ID.

After the keeper of the electoral register has ticked off your name in the electoral register, you will be handed one ballot paper for the local election and one ballot paper for the regional election. If you only wish to use one of the ballot papers handed to you, you can either return the unused ballot paper to the appointed elector, who shall register the ballot paper as returned, or you can vote blank, i.e. put the unmarked ballot paper in the ballot box.

Voting takes place in the voting booth, which only the voter is allowed to enter, unless the voter is in need of assistance.

On the ballot paper you shall enter a cross against a list designation or the name of a candidate that you wish to vote for. If you have crossed the ballot paper off incorrectly, or the ballot paper has become invalid, e.g. if it has been torn by accident, you can have your ballot paper substituted by asking an appointed elector or polling supervisor. Substitution cannot take place once the ballot paper has been put in the ballot box.

Once you have cast your vote, you have to fold the ballot paper so that no one can see how you have voted. Next you have to put the ballot paper in the designated ballot box under the supervision of an appointed elector.