Brisk Start To Advance Voting

Early voting numbers are up from the same time in 2012.

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It’s been a brisk start on the first day of early voting in the presidential election.

Almost 270,000 ballots were cast on Wednesday, that’s 6.4% of eligible votes so far.

Hundreds of polling stations are until 20th January at libraries and post offices across the country. Voters have to take an ID card with them when they go to cast a ballot.

The first day voting figures are up, compared to the first day of advance voting in the last presidential election. In 2012, 5.4% of votes were cast on the first day of early voting.

Finns who live overseas can also cast their ballots at Finnish Embassies around the world from 17th to 20th January.

The actual election day is Sunday 28th January.

After the first round of voting, if none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the votes, there will be a second round of voting on 11th February.