Follow the vote count during the 2022 Swedish elections
Elections to the Riksdag and municipal and regional councils will take place on 11 September 2022. On election day, polling stations will be open between 08.00 and 20.00. When the polling stations have closed, the poll clerks working there will start the preliminary vote count. The preliminary vote count will continue on the Wednesday after election day. The final vote count by the county administrative boards will begin the day after election day. You can follow all vote counting on our website val.se.
Follow the vote count on our website
The Swedish Election Authority compiles the votes that have been counted on a continuous basis, and you can follow the results of both the preliminary and final counts on our website: val.se.
Initial preliminary results presented on election night
– Preliminary vote counting starts at the polling stations at the close of voting on election day, 11 September The ballots cast at the polling stations on election day and the advance voting ballots delivered to them for counting are all counted there. The preliminary results are reported on a continuous basis, and can be followed on our website: val.se. The Swedish Election Authority also determines the provisional allocation of seats between parties in the Riksdag on election night.
Preliminary vote counting continues on 14 September
On 14 September – the Wednesday after election day – the election committees will count the ballots that did not reach the polling stations on election day, and the preliminary results issued on election night will be updated. This is known as the Wednesday count. While the main focus during the Wednesday count is on counting the advance voting ballots cast in other municipalities during the election weekend, the late ballots received from abroad are also counted. The Wednesday count can be extended to Thursday if necessary. Votes are counted for the various assembly districts instead of the electoral districts to maintain voter secrecy. The preliminary results from election night are updated continuously during the vote count and you can follow them on on our website: val.se. When the election committees have completed the Wednesday count, votes are submitted to the county administrative boards for the final count.
The final vote count begins on 12 September
On 12 September – the Monday following election day – the county administrative boards start the final vote count. The county administrative boards then assess and count the votes for all participating parties and specific candidates. The county administrative boards also assess whether or not each ballot is valid. The final results of the Riksdag elections are expected to be determined approximately one week after election day. All regional and municipal council election results are expected to be determined approximately two weeks after election day. We compile the votes that have been counted on a continuous basis, and you can follow the results on our website (val.se) – just as you can with the preliminary vote count.
Reporting times on election day
The polling stations close for voting at 20.00 on election day, and then the preliminary vote count begins. The Riksdag election votes are counted first at the polling stations, followed by the municipal council election votes, and then the regional council election votes. It is not possible to predict what time the electoral districts will report their preliminary results on election night. We usually publish an initial provisional allocation of seats between parties in the Riksdag at around 23:00 – or whenever enough electoral districts have reported their results. (We continue to update the seat allocation figures while the preliminary vote count is ongoing). For all other the elections, we publish initial preliminary seat allocations when the electoral districts have reported the votes of at least 75% of eligible voters.
The preliminary results do not include votes for specific candidates
The preliminary election results include only the votes for the parties expected to win seats). Votes for specific candidates are neither counted nor reported during the preliminary vote count. The final vote count by the county administrative boards will start on 12 September. The votes for all parties that have notified their participation in the elections – as well as votes for specific candidates – will be counted and reported.
The election results can be updated up until they have been finalised
The results of the preliminary vote count provide an initial idea of the elections results. During the final count, all voting ballots are checked and counted several times. Corrections may be made at this stage, and voter registration errors may also be detected.
The final result of the Riksdag election is presented when all the county administrative boards have completed their final vote counts, and the Swedish Election Authority has reached a decision on the allocation of seats in the Riksdag and the appointment of Riksdag members and substitutes, and determined the election results. Until then, the distribution of votes is updated on a continuous basis. The final result of the Riksdag election is expected to be determined approximately one week after election day.
When the county administrative boards have completed the Riksdag election vote count, they complete the vote counts for the municipal and regional council elections. The results of all municipal and regional council elections are expected to be established approximately two weeks after election day.