The preliminary count
After the vote reception has ended on Election Day, election officials in each electoral district count the votes received.
Vote counting on election night
After the vote reception has ended on Election Day, election officials in each electoral district count the votes received. However before counting commences the approved advance votes (from advance voting locations in Sweden, from abroad and as postal votes) are placed in the relevant ballot boxes.
The ballot boxes are then emptied and the votes in each ballot box are counted. The votes are counted and sorted by party. In Parliamentary, municipal, and county council elections, which take place on the same day, the ballot papers for the parliamentary election are counted first, followed by those for the municipal election and finally those for the county council election.
When an election district has counted the votes on election night the results are phoned in to a reporting officer who records them in the Election Authority Election Database System. Consequently the Election Authority is able to calculate a provisional election result on election night.
As results for the electoral districts are recorded, they are made directly available to the media and the public via the Election Authority website. When the counting is has been completed, the ballot papers are placed in special security bags which are sealed and handed to the Election Committee. The Election Committee is responsible for ensuring that the votes from the polling stations are delivered to the County Administrative Board as soon as possible.
The preliminary counting of the votes by the election committee
On the Wednesday after Election Day the election committees count the advance votes that had not reached the polling stations on Election Day. They can also continue counting on Thursday if they do not finish on Wednesday. These are primarily votes from abroad and advance votes cast in other municipalities on Election Day. Once the count by the election committees has been completed, these votes are also delivered to the County Administrative Board.