Municipal elections. Photo: Marjo Karttunen

The actual election day of the municipal elections is 13 June - Special arrangements ensure that those in isolation or quarantine can also vote

The advance voting in the municipal elections has ended, but you can still vote on the election day 13 June at the polling station in your constituency.

Those entitled to vote have been notified in writing of their own polling station. Polling stations are open from 9:00 to 20:00 on election day.

Arrive at polling stations healthy, follow coronavirus guidelines

In the election arrangements, special attention has been paid to make the voting situation coronavirus-safe. The polling stations will follow the coronavirus guidelines set by the Ministry of Justice and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

At the polling station, it is important to wear a face mask or visor and use hand cleanser, and to maintain a safety distance of two meters from other voters and election officials.

Electoral officers will monitor safety at the voting station and provide advice on the following of instructions.

Particular attention shall be paid to the cleanliness of the voting premises and, for example, the pens in the voting booths. You can also use your own pen when voting.

Each voter must prove his/her identity at the polling station. An electoral officer may ask the voter to momentarily remove their face mask to verify their identity.

What to do if you are quarantined or isolated on election day?

If you have been assigned to quarantine due to coronavirus exposure or isolation due to coronavirus infection, you can still vote on election day on 13 June 6.

A person in quarantine or isolation prescribed by a doctor may not leave their home to travel to a polling station without the permission of an infectious disease doctor. If you know that you will be in quarantine or isolation prescribed by a doctor on election day, please contact the office of the City of Helsinki Central Election Commission tel. 09 310 13344 for the opportunity to vote outdoors.

If you are in quarantine or isolation prescribed by a doctor, do not come inside the polling stations. The Stop instructions of the Ministry of Justice and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) contain the telephone number of the polling station in question, by calling which you can agree on the possibility to vote outdoors.

You can influence decision making in the City of Helsinki by casting your vote in the municipal elections

In the municipal elections, 85 councillors of the Helsinki City Council and their deputies are elected for four years. The City Council makes decisions on the most important financial matters in the City and coordinates City administration. The council appoints members to City decision-making bodies, such as the City Board and its committees, and fills the most important public servant vacancies. The council selects the mayor and deputy mayors from among its members for the term of office, i.e. the time between municipal elections.

Election results will be confirmed and announced on 16 June 2021 The term of office of the new council begins on August 1, 2021 and ends on May 31, 2025. Municipal elections are held every four years.

In the 2021 municipal election arrangements, special attention has been paid to make the voting situation coronavirus-safe. The advance voting time for the municipal elections was longer than usual, 26 May - 8 June 2021, so that all those who wished to vote had time to vote in advance and there was no congestion at polling stations.

For the first time during the advance voting in the municipal elections, outdoor and drive-in polling stations were in use. In any case, the advance polling stations had been moved to more spacious premises and the opening hours of the polling stations had been extended. On the actual election day 13 June, there will not be a drive-in voting option.

Further information

Further information on municipal elections vaalit.fi

Coronavirus instructions for voters

Information on municipal elections in various languages

Municipal elections on the website of the City of Helsinki

Voting in quarantine or isolation

News article: Municipal elections postponed until June

Photo: Marjo Karttunen

Published 26 May and updated 4 June, 8 June and 10 June.