E-Voting Results, Turnout Announced (2)
Results are in for the 12.31 percent of the electorate who cast e-votes in local elections, while paper ballot counting has started.
The national coalition parties posted their usual strong performance in the e-voting contingent, except this time it was junior member IRL that got the largest share of e-votes, 25.9 percent, and Reform, the usual leader in e-votes, received 21.5 percent.
The Social Democrats earned 14.8 percent of votes nationally, while the Center Party received a relatively modest 9.3 percent.
In Tallinn, IRL also received the most e-votes - 35.7 percent - while Reform had 21.8 percent, the Social Democrats got 16.5 percent and Center, 13.1 percent. This was a big difference compared with 2009, when Reform prevailed in the capital as well.
It should be stressed that the e-vote results cannot be used as a basis for projecting the final totals, because of the difference in demographics in each voting medium. In the last local elections in 2009, Reform and IRL together received more than three times the e-votes as Center Party, which nevertheless handily won the most votes nationwide.
The total number of e-voters this year - people who voted either with their chip-bearing national ID card over a computer or via mobile identity on their cell phone - was 133,661. That was 30 percent more than in 2009 and just a few thousand short of the e-voting figure in 2011 parliamentary elections.
Turnout Lower than in 2009
Turnout was 57.4 percent, which was lower than the last time, when it was 60.57 percent. Tallinn's figure was highest this time around (63.19 percent, while Saare County had the lowest figure at 49.62 percent.