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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate!
Suomen Silta published a short article written by our project manager Johanna Peltoniemi together with Staffan Himmelroos (from the Diaspora project).
The article can be found here (pages 18-19).
Our next publication will appear in the Finnish National Election Study (FNES) 2019 which is expected in July.
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.
Some respondents are experiencing that typing the survey address in their browser, they get a “page not found” notification (see screenshot below). The right address to the survey starts with http:// (not https://). Apologies for not clarifying that already in the invitation letter.
Please fill in the survey at http://helsinki.fi/votingabroad or
The survey is proceeding nicely – thank you to all those who already have responded!
We have now published a small collection of answers to the questions that we receive about the survey. Hopefully this helps respondents in finding the answers even quicker than when writing to us (which you are still most welcome to do).
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