Distance and Trust Crucial in Postal Voting

The FACE survey data suggests that adoption of postal voting among Finnish citizens residing abroad is dependent on two different type of factors: On the one hand, voting via post helps to overcome distance between a voter’s residency and the nearest polling station organized by a diplomatic mission (mostly an embassy or a consulate). On the other hand, this way of voting also requires enough trust that the postal service and designated state office will successfully deliver one’s vote all the way to the ballot box, as the result cannot be effectively verified without violating the ballot secrecy. Johanna Peltoniemi and Miroslav Nemčok published a short news article about this topic in Suomen Silta 2/2020, page 7: https://www.lukusali.fi/?p=Suomen%20Silta&i=02da358a-941a-11ea-aeee-00155d64030a.


We now invite Finnish citizens abroad to contribute to the research by their thoughts and personal experiences of postal voting. What makes you trust or distrust the Finnish postal voting system? If you have voted, or tried to vote, through postal voting, how did it go? Contact us at votingabroad@helsinki.fi if you’d like to participate!

“Teaser” Now Online

The Journal Siirtolaisuus Migration by the Migration Institute of Finland published a short piece on our project! See page 14-16 (text in Finnish).


Our next publication will a chapter in the Finnish National Election Study (FNES) 2019 that will come out in July.

Stay tuned for more results! They will appear by theme/research problem in various scientific publications, some in Finnish, others in English.

Data Collection Closed

The FACE online survey has now been closed for responses. Heartfelt thanks to all those you contributed with their answers.

FACE-verkkokyselykaavake on nyt suljettu. Lämpimät kiitokset kaikille osallistujille!

FACE-enkäten har stängts. Tusen tack till alla som deltog!


Two New Researchers in the Team

We are proud to announce that the FACE team has grown with two additional members, Miroslav Nemčok and Kimmo Makkonen who will both start working with the data after the survey has been closed in October. Miroslav Nemčok will focus on the themes of trust and democracy satisfaction in the survey data; Kimmo Makkonen will work on parliamentary discussions regarding expat Finns’ rights as well as the text material produced through the survey open questions.

The team gathered for an afternoon seminar meeting on 21 August with the following agenda:

13.30 Johanna Peltoniemi: FACE-project and previous research on the topic
Slides: FACE Afternoon 12.8.2019 JP

14.00 Marjukka Weide: Survey data and qualitative research of the project

14.30 Hanna Wass: Register data

15.00 Coffee break

15.15 Kimmo Makkonen: LDA topic models

15.45 Miroslav Nemčok:Trust and democracy satisfaction / Political identification
Slides: FACE meeting MN

16.15 Staffan Himmelroos: Greetings from Diaspora-project

Survey DL extended to 30 September

The survey DL has been extended to 31 August 30 September 2019 as we still need more participants.

If you have received the invitation – your personal code is still valid. Please do fill in the survey at https://polscihelsinki.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nRYhb6glyDKyhv

If you have not received an invitation but would like to participate – please write to us at votingabroad@helsinki.fi and we will be in touch with you.

Thank you to all those who already have taken the time to participate. Every response is valuable.

The Survey is ON!

The invitation letters to our 10.000 prospective participants were mailed on Monday 20 May and we can see that some addressees in Europe have already received them, as the first few responses have been saved in the survey database. To those participants – heartfelt thanks for your swift responses!

When the invitation reaches you, please do take the time to open the survey and fill in your responses. It is only this way that we can secure high quality research. On the basis of previous projects, we can estimate that even up to 3.000 of our letters will never reach their addressee but bounce back due to outdated address information. So those who actually do receive the invitation are valuable as gold to the project, and we appreciate every single contribution.

If you have not received our letter as yet, no need to despair. It will take a few more weeks until the mail services all around the world have distributed each and every invitation. If you have not received the letter and would like to participate in the survey, please contact us at
votingabroad [at] helsinki.fi. Thank you in advance.