Electoral register and voting rights

Can I vote?

  • All Icelandic nationals who have had a legal domicile abroad for less than 8 years (counting from 1 December in the year before the election year) have automatic voting rights in Iceland. They must have reached the age of 18 on election day and have had a legal domicile in Iceland at some point.

    All Icelandic nationals who have had a legal domicile abroad for more than 8 years (counting from 1 December in the year before the election year) must apply to Registers Iceland to be entered into the electoral register. Registers Iceland must have received a satisfactory application before 1 December of the year before the election year.   

    The application must fulfil the following requirements:

    • The applicant must have Icelandic citizenship.
    • The applicant must be at least 18 years old on election day.
    • The applicant must have had a legal domicile in Iceland.

    If an application meets the above requirements, the person in question will be entered into the electoral register for the next 4 years. Note that special rules apply for notices to submit an application. 

    These rules apply to parliamentary elections, presidential elections and national referendums, but not to municipal elections.

  • Foreign nationals are not eligible to vote in Icelandic presidential elections, parliamentary elections or national referendums and are therefore not part of the voter database. The only exception is Danish nationals residing in Iceland on 6 March 1946 or at any point in the 10 years before that date. These are eligible to vote according to Act No. 85/1946.

    Other rules regarding voting rights for foreign nationals apply in municipal elections.

    • Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish nationals who have had a legal domicile in Iceland for more than 3 consecutive years before election day have the right to vote in municipal elections.
    • Other foreign nationals who have had a legal domicile in Iceland for more than 5 consecutive years before election day also have the right to vote in municipal elections.

Note

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All Icelandic nationals who have had a legal domicile abroad for less than 8 years  have automatic voting rights in Iceland.

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All Icelandic nationals who have had a legal domicile abroad for more than 8 years  must apply to Registers Iceland to be entered into the electoral register.