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Arbetarpartiet (The Workers’ Party)

believes you should find out if you are allowed to vote in the elections on 14 September. You can vote in two out of the three elections that are held on 14 September– even if you are not a Swedish citizen!

Ballots in three different colours.

The white ballot

is used in the election to the local political parliament (kommunfullmäktige – the municipal council of Umeå). When you are using the white ballot, you are voting for the political party that you want to decide on local matters such as schools, child care, elderly care, sports, culture and housing.
You can vote in this election even if you are not a Swedish citizen.

The blue ballot

is used in the election to the regional political parliament (landstinget – the county council of Västerbotten). With the blue ballot you are voting for the political party that you believe should be making the decisions about healthcare.
You can vote in this election even if you are not a Swedish citizen.

The yellow ballot

is used in the election to the national political parliament (the Riksdag). With the yellow ballot you vote for the party you think should be in the Swedish government and enact laws. You have to be a Swedish citizen to vote in this election.

You can vote for different parties in each of the elections

You can vote for three different political parties in each of the three elections. You can vote for the same party in all of the three elections. You can vote for one party in two of the elections and a different one in the third election. In Sweden, a lot of people choose to vote for different parties in different elections. So can you!


 

Arbetarpartiet is asking for your vote in two of the elections.

We are hoping that you vote for Arbetarpartiet in the election to the local parliament “Umeå kommunfullmäktige” (white ballot). We also hope to get your vote in the election to the regional parliament “Västerbottens läns landsting” (blue ballot).

As we wrote in the beginning of this text, these two parliaments are responsible for issues that have to do with our daily life – such as schools and health care.

To be able to vote in the election for local parliament in Umeå (Umeå kommunfullmäktige), in which you use the white ballot, you do not have to be a Swedish citizen. The same rules apply to the regional elections, in which you use the blue ballot.

The authorities require that you meet these three criteria to be able to vote:

1. you must have a Swedish residence permit or right of residence.
2. you must have lived in Sweden for three (3) years after your residence permit was issued.
3. you must live in Umeå – and you must have had this registered with the authorities before 13 August 2014.

Different rules apply if you are an EU citizen. If you are an EU citizen, all it takes to be able to vote is that you live in Umeå and have registered with the authorities before 13 August 2014.


 

The politics of Arbetarpartiet

Arbetarpartiet have had representatives in the municipal council of Umeå since 1991. A short description of our politics would be that we want everyone to know the truth about what is going on in Umeå, since knowing the truth is important if you want to make the right decisions. The local parliament in Umeå will have increased expenses in three areas in the coming ten year period. However, the economy is enough to handle two out of three areas. Because of this, all political parties will have to present which two areas they believe are the most important. Anything would be to hide the truth.

1. The population is increasing. There are more people that need to be tended to. This applies to school children as well as elderly people, ages 80 and up. More schools and care centers for the elderly have to be constructed.
Arbetarpartiet considers it our duty to look after our school students and elderly people.

2. More jobs are needed. For over 20 years, the workers who are employed by the local parliament have had to work harder and harder. They have been given many more, and heavier, tasks. Meanwhile, the workforce has not been increased accordingly. The governing parties have been saving money by hiring fewer people than needed. The workers who take care of our elderly people, school students, and children, are usually women. These women work so hard that they get injuries.
Arbetarpartiet believes the local parliament should hire more people to take care of our school students and elderly people.

3. Unnecessary prestige projects have been built. The rulers in Umeå municipal council (the local parliament) have invested a lot of money in prestigious but unnecessary building in an attempt to compete with the largest cities in Sweden. This ambition has come with a hefty price tag for the tax payers in Umeå. A “house of culture” has been built, with a price tag that was some 250 million kronor higher than was originally presented. Construction has begun of a swimming hall and waterpark for 400 million kronor – when it would have been enough to spend 100 million.

Arbetarpartiet wants to cut down on the unnecessary prestige-buildings. By going this, we would have money to hire more people to work with our school students and elderly people. More men and women would be able to get a job. The staff would suffer less injuries. The quality of school education and elderly care would improve. If we construct the swimming hall somewhere else, we’d have less traffic in city centre and less air pollution. We would have a better environment.

Contact Arbetarpartiet (Worker’s Party)

090-19 47 34 |  info@arbetarpartiet.se

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