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Bessastaðir, official residence of the President of Iceland. Oddur Benediktsson, CC 3.0
Bessastaðir, official residence of the President of Iceland. Oddur Benediktsson, CC 3.0
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What can you tell me about Iceland’s upcoming presidential election?

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Iceland will hold a presidential election on Saturday, June 27. There are two candidates on the ballot this election: incumbent Guðni Th. Jóhannsson, currently finishing his first term, and Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson. A recent poll showed 90.5% support for Guðni.

Who is Eligible to Vote

Only Icelandic citizens aged 18 or older on election day are eligible to vote in presidential elections. (The only exception to this is Danish nationals residing in Iceland on March 6, 1946 or at any point in the 10 years before that date.) Icelandic nationals who have legally resided abroad for more than eight years must apply to Registers Iceland to be entered into the electoral register.

How and Where to Vote

Icelandic nationals who are eligible to vote can find their polling station by typing in their kennitala on the Registers Iceland website. Voters must present a valid form of identification in order to vote. Most polling stations will be open from 9.00am to 10.00pm, but these hours may vary, so voters are encouraged to check the hours of their individual polling station.

Advanced polling stations are also open at District Commissioner (Sýslumaður) Offices across the country until election day. Information about advance voting can be found on their websites.

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