two women sort through stacks of envelopes
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In Stockholm City Hall, Elisabeth Westerlund (left) and Gunilla Andreasson go through stacks of absentee ballots to sort them and make sure everything is in order. Afterwards, the count will begin. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
a close-up of two stamps on a yellow envelope postmarked from San Francisco
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Among the absentee votes being counted today are those that Swedes sent in from abroad. This vote is postmarked from San Francisco, California. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
people discuss something over a table on which there are stacks of envelopes
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This grand room at Stockholm City Hall is being used to count votes today, but if it looks familiar to you, that might be because it's the same room where the Nobel banquet is held annually. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
boxes marked with names of Stockholm areas, Katarina, Sofia and Maria, sit near an archway
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At the City Hall, there are several tables, each of which is devoted to a particular constituency within Stockholm. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
seated at several long tables, workers are sorting votes. Birds-eye view.
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Workers took breaks from sorting votes in order to eat lunch. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.
a woman wearing a yellow nametag
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Eva has an advisory role helping workers today as they have questions about sorting the votes. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
portrait of a man in front of a table where people are conferring over envelopes
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Jan Hult, a retired election administrator for Sweden, is helping out today at City Hall when workers have questions about things like whether a vote is valid or not. Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden

Workers still counting absentee ballots in tight election

3:23 min

Today, municipalities all over Sweden are counting the votes that have come in from abroad, as well as other absentee votes that didn't make it into Sunday's count. Radio Sweden visited Stockholm City Hall, where workers were patiently making their way through the some 38,000 votes to sort and count.

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