'We all think this is stupid': How does Sweden's complicated ballot system work?

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  • Sweden's elections are fast approaching, and while the official election day is September 11, eligible voters living overseas were able to start voting as of Thursday last week.

  • While many countries have a single ballot system, Sweden's is based around party ballots, and it uses a lot of paper: 673 million ballots were printed for the 2018 election, only 3 per cent of which were used to vote.

  • "We all think this is stupid, this is a system that (is environmentally) not good," says Eva Debels, head of the city of Stockholm's Electoral Committee Office.