Election day is here – this is how you vote in the 2024 EU elections

What should I vote for?

If you are unsure how to vote, you can get help from SVT’s EU election compasswhich is to help you navigate the 2024 EU elections. It takes about ten minutes to complete.

An election compass is a digital tool that can help voters find the political party or candidate that best matches their own views and values.

See which party thinks like you. Photo: SVT

This is how you vote on election day

Where should I go? On your voting card, it says which polling station you will vote in and when the polling station opens on election day.

You must have received your voting card via post by 22 May at the latest.

If you are unable to vote at your polling station, you can vote at an early voting location that is open on election day, June 9. It can be found on the Election Authority’s website.

What should I bring with me? You need to have an ID document with you when you vote. However, if you do not have an ID document, another person, who is over 18 years of age, can certify your identity. The person certifying needs to show ID.

It is not a requirement to have the voting card with you on election day, but it makes it easier to be sure that you are voting in the right polling station.

When will I be ready? Sunday 9 June is the last day you can vote, all premises in Sweden close at 9pm.

Can I vote? Who has the right to vote in the 2024 EU elections:

  • Have turned 18 at the latest on election day, June 9.
  • Is a Swedish citizen and is, or has been, registered in Sweden.
  • Are citizens of one of the EU’s member states, registered in Sweden and registered for the voter’s register no later than May 10.
  • More information for EU citizens in Sweden can be found at The electoral authority.
  • In the run-up to election day, incorrect information about the EU is often spread, be critical of the source so you don’t fall for the myths about the EU.

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    Photo: Filip Huygens / SVT

    When you are inside the voting booth

    How do I vote?

    You will be given an empty ballot envelope by a worker just outside the polling booth. Inside the booth are all parties’ ballots, you choose the party you want to vote for and put that party’s ballot in the ballot envelope and close the envelope. Note that you can vote for an individual candidate if you wish.

    Be careful not to confuse the election envelope with your voting card, they look different and are clearly marked.

    How do I cross a candidate?

    You can choose to vote for a party or for a specific person on the party’s ballot paper. By voting in person, you can influence which candidate is crossed into the European Parliament.

    No candidate is guaranteed to be elected based on their position on the ballot – the number of personal votes determines who is elected.

    To vote in person, you cross the name of a candidate or write the name of the candidate on the ballot.

    Turnout in this year’s EU elections looks set to be high, which could affect the parties’ seats in parliament.

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    Hear SVT’s Fouad Youcefi on how high voter turnout in the EU elections can affect the blocking parties in the video: “Had left parliament” Photo: SVT

    When you step out of the booth

    What do I do with the envelope?

    Once you have sealed your ballot envelope, take it to one of the election workers who are often sitting at a table in the room, you can always ask anyone who works there, where to go if you are unsure. At the table, you will hand in your voting card, your election envelope and identify yourself with your ID.

    In some cases, you have already handed in your voter card and identified yourself to an election worker when you entered the premises.

    The worker visibly places your vote in a large box where all the ballot envelopes are collected to be sent on their way to vote counting – then you’re done.

    It is not unusual to cast your vote for a party that drives a specific issue in the EU. Did you know that the Swedes generally rate the climate issue higher than other EU countries?

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    This is where Sweden stands out – and this is the issue that is most important to Danes. Photo: SVT/Storyblocks

    This is how you find the election results

    When can I see the results of the EU elections?

    The counting of votes begins immediately, already at 23.00 on Sunday the first preliminary vote numbers will be announced. You can follow the entire vigil with live updates of the election results on Svt.se.

    Here you can also see how the vote was taken in the municipality where you live, and which parties advanced or retreated in comparison to the last EU election held in 2019.

    All EU countries’ votes are counted at the same time, some early results may be more interesting than others as they may give a clue to how the final result will be. Like for example. Belgium results.

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    Here is “little Europe”. Hear SVT’s Fouad Youcefi about the country that votes most like the EU as a whole. Photo: SVT

    Learn more

    If you want to know more about what the EU election is really about and how it affects the EU Parliament, you can read in SVT’s larger guide.