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Can I even vote, when I do not have a danish citizenship?

Only about 40 procent of the minority ethnic citizens who have the right to vote, use the opportunity to vote in the local election - kommunalvalget.

We, Ida Ehrenreich from SF and Annette Buur from Enhedslisten, see this as a serious democratic problem.

We want to improve the information on who and how you can vote for kommunalvalget, because we need a diverse democracy in which as many people as possible have their voices heard.

It is not necessary to be a Danish citizen to vote in the local elections!

If you are older than eighteen and have lived in Denmark for four years, you can vote in the local elections - no matter where you were born and what citizenship you have.

If you have European citizenship, it is even easier to obtain the right to vote: you only have to have permanent residence in Denmark.

When you vote in kommunalvalget, your vote counts in the composition of the city council, and thus you take part in deciding what it should be like to live in Skanderborg municipality.

When you vote in kommunalvalget, your vote counts in the composition of the city council, and thus you take part in deciding what it should be like to live in Skanderborg municipality.

Election takes place on Tuesday the 16th of November, but if you do not have the opportunity to show up at your polling station on the day, you have the opportunity to vote by mail. You can already vote by mail now - until and including Friday the 12 at 16:00.

It is possible to vote by mail in Borgerservice, Fælleden, during their normal opening hours.

They recommend booking an appointment to avoid long waits - this can be done on their website.

If it is easier for you, you can also vote by mail at the libraries in Galten, Hørning, Ry and Skanderborg during the libraries’ serviced opening hours. Here, you do not need to book an appointment in advance.

Unfortunately, there is not much information available in languages other than Danish about the various parties.

We are aware that this makes it difficult to get a thorough understanding of the politics lead by the different parties, and that many may therefore refrain from exercising their right to vote in kommunalvalget.

Enhedslisten has on their website a brief introduction in several languages, including Somali, Farsi, Urdu and Bosnian, and other parties may have a similar guide, just as they present the local candidates.

Finally, in weeks to come, there are many opportunities to meet the local candidates on the street and for voter meetings. Please feel free to ask us, if you have any questions about our politics.

On Thursday the fourth of November the integration council of Skanderborg municipality will arrange an election meeting at Grønnedalsparkens community house ((N.F.S. Grundtvigsvej 50, 8660 Skanderborg).

This is a dinner meeting preparing the ground for important conversations between citizens and candidates for the election. The main focus of the conversations will be democracy and why it is important to vote at kommunalvalget.

So if you are curious about the democracy and kommunalvalget feel free to join the meeting to ask questions and meet your local candidates.

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