Thankfully I don’t have to vote

On Saturday there will be local elections in Iceland. I will not vote as I haven’t lived in Iceland for about 15 years. I still have the right to vote even in local elections which is weird. To me local elections are mostly about fixing infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, etc.) and managing local services. So it would be strange for me as not living in Iceland for over a decade to have influence how the municipality that I last lived in is managed. At the same time it is strange that after living in Sofia (Bulgaria) I still don’t have the right to vote in the local elections here. Here the decisions and actions of the municipality impact me directly on a daily basis. If Iceland were a member of the EU then I would, as far as I know, have this right.

With all this being said, then I am not going to vote in the local elections in Iceland as an issue of principle then I am not getting involved in something that is none of my business. So I am glad to have elections that I can in good conscience skip.

When it comes to parliamentary elections, referendums in Iceland, Presidential elections then all have either direct or indirect effect on me as an Icelandic citizen and in fact I consider it to be my duty to vote.