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New elections would saddle municipalities with some costs

Published måndag 22 december 2014 kl 11.27
Vallokal i Rosengård i Malmö i september 2014. Foto: Drago Prvulovic/TT
A polling place in Malmö in 2014. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

New elections will be costly - not just for the state and the election authority, but also for Sweden's municipalities, which need to organize polling places, early voting and the personnel to work at the polls.

For example, Umeå predicts that the extra election will cost them SEK 4 million to carry out, and Skellefteå estimates it will cost them SEK 3 million, reports Swedish Radio P4 Västerbotten.

While the state would subsidize some of the costs for municipalities, that will not cover the entire financial burden. In ordinary elections, the state usually pays for about half of the municipalities' costs. 

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