Pre-election voting by patients

Pre-election voting by patients

Pre-election voting by patients

Guidelines on pre-election voting by patients, etc.

I. Voting in hospitals and institutions

Article 1

A voter who is undergoing treatment in a hospital, or is an inmate of a hospital, old people’;s home or care institution for disabled people may cast his vote in accordance with the rules in these guidelines.

The same applies to the inmates of prisons.

Article 2

Only persons who are resident in these institutions and are undergoing treatment there or are inmates there are entitled to vote by post from the institutions. Other persons, such as the staff of the institutions, are not entitled to vote by post from the institutions.

Article 3

After receiving information about the persons who are undergoing treatment in, or are inmates of, hospitals or other institutions, election managers shall examine, in consultation with the management of the institutions, whether there is reason to hold voting there, and if so, when.

A decision on this question shall be taken not less than seven days before Election Day, and an announcement shall then be posted in the institution stating when and where voting is to take place. The electoral lists’; agents shall be notified of the voting in advance.

Voting shall take place at a time determined by the electoral manager in consultation with the management of the institution. Normally, it shall be sufficient to hold voting on one day in each institution, for a period of a few hours; this will depend on the number of persons entitled to vote by post from the institution. Voting in hospitals shall take place as close to Election Day as possible.

Article 4

Each institution involved shall provide suitable facilities, and, as appropriate, assistants, so that voting can proceed as smoothly as possible and in the manner prescribed. It should be emphasised that voters are obliged to present themselves to the election manager where voting takes place, and voting may only be held in a hospital ward or the room occupied by an inmate of an institution if there would be substantial difficulties involved in moving the voter to meet the election manager.

II. Voting in private homes

Article 5

A voter who is unable to attend a polling station on Election Day due to illness, disability or childbirth may vote in his or her private home except where he or she is entitled to vote by post in an institution under Article 1.

Article 6

An application to vote at home shall be made in writing on a special form, which is printed as an attachment to these guidelines and provided by the election manager. The application shall be accompanied by a statement made by a legally competent person testifying to the personal circumstances of the voter. Applications shall be received by the election manager not later than 16.00 hours four days before Election Day.

Article 7

An election manager may nominate two representatives to act on his behalf as pre-election voting managers to supervise voting by a person voting at home. Such voting shall proceed in all other respects in the same way as voting supervised by the election manager.

III. General provisions.

Article 8

Voting under Articles 1-7 may not be held more than three weeks before Election Day.

Article 9

The actual casting of votes, including the arrangements for assisting the voter, shall be subject in all respects to the rules on pre-election voting in general (see Section XII of the Elections to the Althing Act, especially Articles 62 – 63). Thus, assistance may only be given if a voter is not able to cast his vote in the prescribed manner due to poor sight or inability to use his hand. Assistance may not be offered to those who need it for these reasons.

Article 10

These guidelines, which are issued under paragraph 5 of Article 58 of the Elections to the Althing Act, No. 24 of 16 May 2000, shall take effect immediately.

At the same time, the Guidelines on pre-election voting by Patients, Etc., No. 120 of 20 March 1991, stand repealed.

Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, 2 May 2002.


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