Estonian municipal council election 2017
Election Day for the Local Government Council Elections was October 15th. Advance Voting and Internet Voting took place from October 5th to October 11th. Turnout was 53.4% at national level.
In 2017 local elections, advance voting stated on Oct. 5 and ended on Oct. 11 when E-voting or internet voting also ended as a part of advance voting, attracting 306,508 voters, up from 265,208 in last local elections in 2013.
Among them, there were 120,474 voters in voting districts, down from 131,400 in 2013, and 186,034 E-voters, up from 133,808 in 2013 to make a new record since the first-ever pan-national internet voting in October 2005, official statistics showed.
Voters in advance voting accounted for 27.8 percent of the total registered voters in 2017, against the 24.4 percent in 2013.
Firstly, internet voting is regarded as a progress, and secondly it is good for government budget calculation and relocation as the system needs cooperation and support from government ministries and institutions, said Tarvi Martens, Head of I-voting of the State Electoral Office, Led by Chairman Meelis Eerik, the Estonian National Electoral Committee exercises oversight, hears complaints and verifies national election results.
The 2017 local council election is the first time in Estonian election history 16-17 years old young people can vote, with more than 24,000 new voters.