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.
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.