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Voter turnout declined in local elections

More than 2.6 million Norwegian residents cast ballots in their local government elections around the country. That put voter turnout at 62.2 percent of all those with a right to vote, down from the last local elections four years ago, but early voting was record-high.

Election officials announced that 2,639,682 Norwegian residents had exercised their right to vote, using figures after 99.7 percent of ballots cast had been counted as of 3am Tuesday. Voter turnout in local elections is usually lower than in national elections, according to election researchers, and hasn’t exceeded 70 percent since 1983.

Fully 64.7 percent of those qualified to vote cast ballots during the last local elections in 2019. Around 48 percent of all voting this year took place during the early voting period that ended on Friday. Polling places were open all over the country on Monday and in some cities on Sunday as well.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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