Bundestag election 2021

Voter’s notification

A voter’s notification informs those eligible to vote that they have been entered in the voter’s register. The notification contains information for instance on

  • the date of the election,
  • polling hours,
  • the location of the polling station,
  • whether access to the polling station is barrier-free and
  • the option to apply for a polling card to be issued together with postal ballot documents.

Basically, persons entitled to vote may cast their votes at the indicated polling station only. Upon application, however, they may receive a polling card which enables them to vote by postal ballot or go to another polling station of their constituency (for example, in case “their” polling station is not barrier-free).

Generally, voters prove that they are entitled to vote at a specific polling station by presenting their voter’s notifications there. Nevertheless, you should also have your identity card or passport ready to present it if required. The electoral board may keep the voter’s notification.

Legal bases

Sections 19, 25, 56 of the Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)