About citizens E-referendum

In Iceland residents have the right to influence municipal administration. Residents can, via a petition, demand a residents' referendum on specific issues or matters under consideration by the council. Likewise, the council can on its own announce a residents' referendum.

In transitional provisions approved by the Icelandic Parliament on March 15th 2013, it is stated that such referendums may, with specific authorization from the Minister of the Interior, be held electronically online with the use of an electronic electoral register. The stated purpose of the transitional provisions of this kind is to test and try new technologies for residents' referendums. The project would also be a precursor to still larger projects in this field.