County elections – how to vote

Advance voting for county elections begins on Wednesday 12 January. Nowadays, your hometown of Vantaa offers you health, social and rescue services. On 1 January 2023, responsibility for these will be transferred to the new Wellbeing Services County of Vantaa and Kerava. In January 2022, you will be able to influence how these important services will be organized in the future by voting in the regional elections to. In order to prevent coronavirus from spreading, general safety instructions will be applied to all polling places.

Who can I vote for?

You can only vote for a candidate standing for election in your wellbeing services county. Your municipality of residence determines the wellbeing services county in which you are entitled to vote.

Wellbeing services county of Vantaa and Kerava, candidates (vaalit.fi)

When and where can I vote?

You can vote either during the advance voting period or on election day. During the advance voting period from 12 to 18 January 2022, you can vote at any advance polling station. Polling stations are located in libraries and shopping centres, for example. A list of advance polling stations near your place of residence will be sent to you together with the notice of right to vote. On election day 23 January 2022, you can only vote at the polling station mentioned in the notice.

When you come to vote, remember to take your identity card with you - a driver's license is sufficient. If you do not have a document verifying your identity, you can get a temporary, free-of-charge ID card at a police station.

The actual election day, as well as the first and final days of early voting, have traditionally been the busiest voting days. If you wish to avoid overcrowding, you may consider voting outside those days. The polling places will be open on weekdays from 9:00 to 20:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 18:00.

Early voting places in Vantaa

You will find the City of Kerava’s early voting places on the City of Kerava's county elections website (in Finnish).

Safety at Vantaa’s polling places

Election officials have been instructed to ensure COVID-19 safety of the voters on the polling premises. The election officials will oversee queues, and in case of overcrowding, may also ask people to queue outdoors. The surfaces of the polling places are regularly cleaned, and the election officials wear face masks or face shields. There will be signposts on the spot advising about COVID-19 safety at the polling places.

As a general rule, people in isolation or in quarantine shall wait for the end of their isolation or quarantine.If the isolation or quarantine period will not end before the election day, the voter can also vote outdoors on the election day. In the latter case, the voter shall register with the election committee by calling the phone number notified outside.

Observe these instructions at the polling place

  • Keep sufficient distance to others.
  • Observe good hand hygiene. Use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a face mask or a face shield, if possible.
  • If you wish, bring your own pen with you.
  • If you have respiratory symptoms, wait for them to disappear before voting.

Further information for voters: Instructions for voters during COVID-19 - Elections (vaalit.fi)

County elections – use your voice!

Easy English: How to vote in advance in the elections - YouTube

Easy English: How to vote in the elections - YouTube

Remember to vote in the county elections! 

You can vote in advance in Finland from 12 to 18 January 2022 and abroad from 12 to 15 January 2022. https://www.vantaa.fi/elections/early_voting

The election day is 23 January 2022.

More information on county elections:

Published: 11.1.2022 
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