Es­to­nian lo­cal elec­tions: Un­prece­dented num­ber of EU na­tion­als able to vote

In the Es­to­nian lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions to take place this au­tumn, el­i­gi­ble to vote will be an un­prece­dented num­ber of na­tion­als of other mem­ber states of the Euro­pean Union, which is a con­sid­er­able rise com­pared to 17 675 such vot­ers in 2013.

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Es­to­nian public broad­caster ERR re­ports that the in­crease in num­ber is par­tially at­trib­ut­able to the fact that, un­der new laws, 16and 17-year-olds will also be el­i­gi­ble to vote.

In line with of­fi­cial records, the largest numbers of cit­i­zens of EU mem­ber states re­side in Tallinn (15,665), all of Harju County (17,411), 4,427 in Tartu County, 1,405 in Ida-Viru County and 1,147 in Valga County.

The Es­to­nian Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Elec­tion Act sets forth that Es­to­nian and EU cit­i­zens 16 years old or older by the elec­tion day and hav­ing their per­ma­nent res­i­dence ad­dress recorded in Es­to­nia’s cen­tral pop­u­la­tion regis­ter have the right to vote in lo­cal elec­tions.

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