Election 2013

valgIt’s the Norwegian election day 2013. We’re voting for members of parliament today.

I’m living in one of the test municipalities where we could vote via the Internet this year, so I did my voting weeks ago.

I am going to watch the election coverage tonight, and there is enough the West Wing fangirl in me that I almost wish I had a whiteboard to follow the progress on.

It will be interesting to see if we face a change in government, if the Socialist Left can stay above the Election threshold, if the new environmental party can get an election shocker and get above same threshold…


Electronic voting

It’s an election year in Norway. September 9 is the big day. It’s a parliamentary election.

This year, as they did with the county and municipal elections two years ago, my municipality is one of the twelve which have electronic voting.

Essentially this means that I voted yesterday, in my bedroom on my iPad.

I will also attempt to help my grandmother vote from the nursing home on the self-same iPad tomorrow. (I will log her on, and then turn away as she is deciding and voting.)

I am amongst those who would have voted regardless of whether or not I had to go to my local school to do it, so in that way, I don’t think they’re gaining any votes from my part on this.

However, I realize that there are others who don’t necessarily do that, in other parts of the country, and being a part of a trial e-vote municipality means that the results we provide means that they might have the option next time. Maybe.

Anyway, the most irritating part of this process was that I’d forgot the password I use to log on to these government-run sites, and had to make a new one. The whole process took less than 10 minutes, and definitely much less time than voting at my local school.

Life has begun to return to normal

Albeit slowly.

It was a shock the first time I turned on the television after the attacks at Utøya and in Oslo 22. July – and noticed that the programme did not cover those attacks. I think it was the Wednesday after.

Life goes on, even for the television channels, who emptied all their programming selections that weekend in order to cover the tragedy.

For those of us who weren’t hit directly, life goes on quicker than those who were there, who lost someone or who know someone who lost someone close to them. Regardless of that, it is still incomprehensible that this would happen in little Norway.

The funerals started just before the weekend, and will likely keep going for a bit. I think the coverage from those make it seem more real than the pictures from a bombed out Oslo.

A national day of mourning has been declared for later in August, and the start of the campaigning for the election has been postponed.

But at some point, the municipal elections this autumn will come – and though the political parties have mentioned that they’re getting more members after this – time will tell if the plea for more democracy will be effective come September, as people are getting back to normal.

We can say what kind of Norway we want to have after the disaster, but allegedly it takes 21 days to form or break a habit, and we’ve not passed that mark yet. Time will tell.

Norwegian election night…

Election in Norway tomorrow. Unlike the presidential elections in the US, when I stayed up all night to watch the results on the BBC, I will be sleeping in my bed. The reasons for that are many, but the most obvious one at the moment is that I’m no longer a student, who has the next day off… There is actually work on Tuesday.

The other reasons are that I am currently not owning a television set. I gave my old one away when I moved from Denmark, and I haven’t got to the point where I have bought a new one.

I suppose it will be streamed on the net, if I do decide to watch, so not owning a television set is no hindrance in that regard.

But the race looks to be so close anyway, that it probably won’t be decided night to Tuesday anyway.

I will be voting tomorrow. And it won’t be for the same party that I have voted for until now. Which makes the end result a bit more interesting. But I still won’t be watching the tallying of the votes. Unless Norwegian politics somehow becomes more interesting in the next 24 hours…