For the third time, the Senior Citizens Council election in the City of Copenhagen was held as a hybrid solution, giving the voters the option of voting digitally or by postal vote. And once again, the result revealed a growing willingness to vote electronically.
90.000 senior citizens of the City of Copenhagen have just elected their new council to represent the elderly in the municipality for the coming four years. It is the third time that the Senior Citizens Council election is held as a hybrid solution. And never before have so many senior citizens cast their vote electronically.
”I think it is easy, fast and secure to vote digitally. And when you have voted digitally, you don’t have to remember to put the letter in the mailbox – if you are lucky to find one. Eventually, that makes it much easier to cast your vote,” - Kirsten Nissen, candidate for Copenhagen’s Senior Citizens Council.
A record number of electronically cast votes
The Senior Citizens Council election is being held every four years, and this year, a record number of voters had set out to vote – and the majority of them electronically. At the election in 2016, 25.4% of the votes were cast digitally, while the number of digitally cast votes reached 56.6%. In other words, the proportion of votes cast digitally has more than doubled.
“It’s nice but not surprising that so many senior citizens are participating digitally in the election act in the City of Copenhagen. For many years, we have held senior citizens council elections in municipalities across Denmark, and the tendency everywhere has been that more and more feel comfortable with casting their vote digitally,” – says Jacob Gyldenkærne, CEO in Assembly Voting.
The Senior Citizens Council of Copenhagen is the voice of Copenhagen’s senior citizens, when political decisions concerning the elderly in the municipality have to be made. The council consists of 25 members who thus have the opportunity of getting specific themes on the political agenda, specifically relating to the interests of senior citizens.