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votes are counted for parties that are not assumed to get enough to influence the result (for example the Pirate party)

Huh!? On first count, those are just laid to the side or what?

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by DoDo on Sun Sep 19th, 2010 at 10:36:36 AM EST
Kind of, they are counted as "others", the total number of which is reported.

This is to facilitate faster counting in light of Swedish election law that allows for parties to run a pure write-in campaign on blank ballots (the theoretical limit of number of parties is the same as number of voters). So the line is kind of arbitrarily drawn based on poll numbers. Of course as a member of the Pirate Party I think it is sad not to get our numbers tonight, but I see the practical need for it to be a line.

It does not affect the actual result. Note that tonights count is only preliminary and all ballots are recounted.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:00:49 AM EST
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The pre-voting laws also allow for votes that were sent before the election day, which means that all parties receive more votes after the preliminary count. This rarely changes much, though I remember in 1994 when the Christian democrats had 3.9% on election night and it was somewhat interesting to see if they would make it (they did, but there was a clear victory for the left anyway).

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:07:09 AM EST
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To see an example, last years EP-election eleven parties were counted on election night. If you follow this link Röster - Val 2009 and scroll down to:
Röster på partier som ej beställt valsedlar

You find the list of all "parties" that received at least one vote. Libertas with 97 votes is among the bigger. Note that Libertas Sverige also gets 32 votes and LIBERTAS another 13. Liberitas is further down with 4 votes. If they had at least managed to register a party name they would have gotten a whopping 146 votes, since if there is a registered party with a similar name, the counters interpret the handwritten vote. Toknazism hela dagen (Crazy Nazism all day) got as usual one vote.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:20:17 AM EST
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This is nothing compared with what may happen in Alaska in November. Lisa Murkowski has just announced that she will run as a write-in. It's hard to know what impact she will have, as there aren't exactly many precedents for an incumbent running as a write-in, but imagine the fun counting lots of write-in votes for a candidate with a name nobody can spell...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 19th, 2010 at 12:46:28 PM EST
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Got to spell it correctly, after all.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Sep 21st, 2010 at 06:19:17 PM EST
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