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Denmark - Electoral Law
Election to the European Parliament : 13 June 2004 - Electoral Procedure

1. LEGAL BASIS
The electoral law of 4 March 1994, as amended by the laws adopted by the Folketing on 22 May 1996, 13 January 1997, 4 May 1998 and 4 December 2003.
2. ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Proportional representation with one nationwide constituency (the Faroe Islands and Greenland are not part of the EU). Voters may either vote for an entire list or indicate their preference for individual candidates from the lists. Some parties inform voters which candidates on the list are supported by them. Each voter may vote only once.

Allocation of seats: d'Hondt method. All votes cast in the various constituencies, both for lists and for individual candidates, are added together. The candidates thus obtaining the highest number of votes are elected. 4 electoral coalitions are expected.

3. REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES
Deadline for registration: No later than four weeks before polling day.
Deposit: None.
Conditions: A list of candidates may be submitted by any party which obtained one or more seats at the last elections to the Folketing and/or the European Parliament. List submitted by other parties must be supported by a number of voters which is no less than 2% of the total number of valid votes cast at the previous legislative elections (i.e. 68 120).
Incompatibilities: Council decision of 25 June and 23 September 2002 amending the 1976 Act on Elections to the European Parliament.
4. POLLING DAYS : 13 JUNE 2004
The count begins: at 8 p.m. on Sunday 13 June.
Final results: to be announced when all the results have been reported to the Ministry of the Interior and following closure of election proceedings in all member states.
5. VOTING / STANDING FOR ELECTION
Right to vote: Any EU citizen aged 18 or over who is permanently resident in Denmark has full voting rights in Danish elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Danish citizens resident abroad: Danish citizens resident in an EU Member State who have not been deprived of their voting rights by legal decision in Denmark vote.
Postal voting is an option. In Denmark a postal vote must be cast during the three-week period prior to polling day but no later than two weekdays before that day.
Right to stand for election: Any EU citizen aged 18 or over and in full possession of his right to stand as a candidate in his Member State of origin is entitled to stand.
6. ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Funding: Campaign expenditure is not subsidised by the state.
Official campaign starting date: None.

Media access: Broadcasting time is agreed between the parties and the television authorities.

Opinion polls: No restrictions