High voter turnout delays Sweden’s final election results

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An election official counts parliamentary ballots at a counting center run by Stockholm county administrative board on September 13, 2018 in Sundbyberg following the September 9 general election. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
A total 87 percent of Swedes turned out to vote on September 9th but the final election result will not be declared until Sunday.

Ballots cast in Swedish elections are counted twice – first by the municipalities and then by the county administrative boards. It is a process that is usually lengthy but this time the responsible authorities will need to make use of the full deadline.

The definite election result will not be out until a week after Election Day, on Sunday September 16th, according to a press release from the Swedish Election Authority.

The count is taking longer than usual because of the high voter turnout and because more people have chosen to cast early ballots than usual, with many doing so close to Election Day, as Radio Sweden’s Loukas Christodoulou reports.

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