Published: 24 May 2019

Over one-half of voters voted in advance

Statistics Finland releases data on the background of persons who voted in the Parliamentary elections 2019. The voting percentage of Finnish citizens resident in Finland was 72.1, which is 2.0 percentage points higher than in the previous Parliamentary elections. Over one-half of those who voted in the election (50,7%) voted in advance. Detailed information about unit-level background factors on voting turnout is found in the review. Persons who voted in Parliamentary elections 2019.

An electronic voting register was in use in 141 municipalities, of which 88 municipalities’ data were received from all voting districts. In Mainland Finland, data was received from 658 voting districts. These voting districts covered 41.9 per cent of the persons entitled to vote in the Parliamentary elections 2019.

Voting percentages (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) in the Parliamentary elections 1983–2019

Voting percentages (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) in the Parliamentary elections 1983–2019

Good one-half (50.7%) of those who voted did so in advance, the share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote was, in turn, 36.6 per cent. In groups of main type of activity advance voting was most common among pensioners, one-half (50.0%) of those belonging to this group voted in advance.

Share of advance voters (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the Parliamentary elections 2019, %

Share of advance voters (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the Parliamentary elections 2019, %

Those aged 75 were the most active advance voters in the whole country (57.4% of persons entitled to vote), the number of advance voters was in relative terms lowest among those aged 18 (20.4%).

In the voting districts where voting data was also available for the election day, the voting turnout was highest for those entitled to vote aged 71, of whom 82.5 per cent voted. Women voted more actively than men in the whole country, the difference between men's and women's voting turnout was 2.9 percentage points. Women voted more actively in advance up to the age of 76. Correspondingly, the voting turnout that included voting on the election day was higher for women up to the age of 69.

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) by sex and age in the Parliamentary elections 2019, %

Advance voters in the whole country and all who voted in the areas (Finnish citizens resident in Finland) by sex and age in the Parliamentary elections 2019, %

Source: Parliamentary elections 2019, review of voting in the Parliamentary elections, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Parliamentary elections [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6279. Background analysis of voters 2019. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.2.2020].
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