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Offsite Voting Challenged

Published June 24, 2016

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Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

A group of Icelanders contend one part of Iceland’s offsite voting process was actually in violation of the law, and they have filed their complaint with the Supreme Court.

Vísir reports that three Icelanders stand behind the charges – Bjarni V. Berg­mann, Þórólfur Dags­son and Björn Leví Gunn­ars­son. Þórólfur Dags­son is a captain of the Pirate Party in Suðurnes, and Björn Leví is an alternate MP for the party.

The exact nature of their charges pertains to the portion of offsite voting that occurred from April 30 to May 25 of this year. This portion of the voting, much of which was done by Icelanders living abroad, was conducted before the deadline for all confirmed presidential candidates was up, on May 25. As such, hundreds of Icelanders may have cast votes on ballots that did not have all the candidates now running on it.

In their statement about the charges, the three say that it is important for voters to be able to make an informed decision based on true and legal information on who is actually running. The complaint has been filed with the Supreme Court, who have yet to reach a decision on the matter.

Icelandic presidential elections will take place tomorrow.


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