Digitalized democracy: Collective agreement elections in Denmark 2017

In Denmark, a group of the country’s largest unions recently completed the negotiation of collective agreements on behalf of more than 500.000 workers. Following this, OK17 was held, a large election where workers are given the opportunity to cast their vote on the results for their specific area.

For several years, voter turnout has been declining steadily at this particular election, but this year it bounced back on a positive curve reaching 51.8%. This marked a historical peak for the membership-based democracy in Danish unions and a significant contribution to this development was due to an increased use of new ways to communicate digitally with the voters.

Assembly Voting supported the entire process to the vast majority of unions and voters at OK17 with digital election cards and mobile election lists as well as the ability to cast votes digitally. This resulted in a remarkable record of 87.2% of all workers choosing to vote digitally rather than by postal ballots – a major increase compared to elections held in 2014 and 2015 where the figure was approximately 50%.

In this way, OK17 proved that membership based democracy is alive and well in Denmark and that increased digitalization can be a fully integrated and highly appreciated way of keeping it this way.

During the OK17 election, Assembly Voting supported approximately 400.000 voters from 3F, Dansk Metal, HK Privat, Malerforbundet, Serviceforbundet, Teknisk Landsforbund og Dansk El-Forbund.

Assembly Voting has conducted the vast majority of collective agreement elections in Denmark since 2005.

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