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Publicerad: 5 February 2020

Mandate allocation

Allocating the mandates

When all the votes are tallied, the mandates are then distributed among the parties. Thereupon, it is established which candidates become representatives.

Representatives are selected first and foremost by a check next to a person’s name.

When no more candidates can be selected in this manner, the balance of representatives is delegated based upon the order in which candidates are named on ballots.

Parliament

Only those parties that have received at least four per cent of the votes in the entire country can be a part of the distribution of mandates to parliament.

The exception is parties that have obtained at least twelve per cent of the vote within a constituency. These parties then participate in the distribution of mandates in the relevant constituency.

A total of 349 mandates are to be distributed; of these 310 are fixed and 39 are adjustment seats. The adjustment seats are aimed at assuring as proportional a representation as possible.

In order for a candidate to be voted in based on individual votes to the parliament, the candidate shall have received a check next to their name on a named ballot, on at least five per cent of the party’s ballots within the constituency.

Municipal and County Council delegates

During elections to county council seats, the mandate is distributed between parties that have obtained at least three per cent of the votes in the entire county council.

In terms of distributing the mandate to municipal delegates, a party shall have obtained at least three per cent of the votes in the municipality that is divided into constituencies, and two per cent of the votes within the municipality that is not divided into constituencies.

In order for a candidate to be voted to municipal or county council seats through named ballots, the candidate shall have obtained a check next to their name on at least five per cent of the party’s ballots in the constituency, though at least 100 votes for election to the county council delegation and 50 votes for election to a seat in the municipal delegation.

European Parliament

Only those parties that have obtained at least four per cent of the votes in the entire country can participate in the distribution of mandates to the European Parliament.

The parliament has a maximum of 751 mandates and the number of mandates is based upon each member nation’s population size.

If, for example, Sweden has 20 mandates in the European parliament, and a party receives 10 per cent of the votes in an election, the party should also receive 10 per cent of the mandate, that is to say, 2 mandates.

In order for a candidate to be voted into a European parliament seat through a named ballot, the candidate shall have obtained a check next to their name on at least five per cent of the party’s ballots in all of Sweden.

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