13 percent of Estonia's electorate have already voted

Advance voting  in Tallinn on Monday, February 27, 2023.
Advance voting in Tallinn on Monday, February 27, 2023. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Over 125,000 voters have already cast a ballot in Estonia's Riiigikogu election, approximately 13 percent of the electorate. Election day is Sunday.

By 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 125,860 people had voted during the pre-election period, which started on Monday

Of these, 95,439 people cast an e-vote and 30,421 submitted a paper ballot, data from the Election Commission shows.

Turnout has almost doubled over the course of the day, as by 7 p.m. yesterday 6.6 percent of the electorate had voted.

13 percent of the Estonia electorate had voted by 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Source: Valimised.ee

There are 968 candidates running in this year's election. They represent nine political parties but there are also several independent candidates too.

Polling stations are open from noon to 8 p.m. and e-voting is possible 24/7. Election day is March 5.

See more information on the valimised.ee website.

Advance voting is popular

At the last Riigiikogu election in 2019, over 60 percent of votes were cast during advance voting and in 2014 the number was over 50 percent.

Since 1995, the amount of votes cast before election day has almost tripled. 

Since 2011, the majority of advance votes have been cast online


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Editor: Helen Wright

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