Monday, September 20, 2010


The Swedish election (parliament and local government) is over. The temporary wooden houses, placed downtown, where the various parties handed out information, are being hauled away. The present "conservative" (they are to the left of American Democrats) alliance continues to have the power, so there will not be much of a change. People can go on with their lives and enjoy the common pastime, a visit to one of the many, many, coffee places in downtown Gothenburg.

In Sweden there is no need to register to vote. If you are a resident of Sweden, you get a voting card in the mail well advance and you simply vote earlier or on the day of the election which is always on a Sunday to make voting possible for everyone. The voting is done with paper ballots and all very efficient and peaceful. Electronic voting has never even been discussed. Far too risky.

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