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More than 8,500 People Have Voted Early

Over 8,500 voters have handed in their ballots for the Constitutional Assembly election—which takes place tomorrow—more people than had voted in advance polling at the same time in the run-up to the Icesave referendum in March.

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The advance polling station in Laugardalshöll, Reykjavík. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Bergthóra Sigmundsdóttir, returning officer at the District Commissioner in Reykjavík, told Morgunbladid that many people had showed up after the evening news yesterday. “Everything filled up and people had to wait as long as 55 minutes.”

She added the voting usually runs smoothly as people come prepared. Voters have to choose between people instead of parties and instead of making an X, they must write the candidates’ numbers on the ballot, as many as 25.

Early voting closed at 10 pm last night but at that point some people were still waiting in the queue so they were allowed to finish voting.

Almost 2,000 people voted yesterday. The total number of advance polling ballots in Iceland is 8,503—ballots sent in from abroad have yet to be counted. People can vote until noon today and tomorrow is the actual Election Day.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Assembly and here to read an article in the Washington Post about the election.

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