European Parliament election 2019

Germans abroad

Only persons listed in a voters’ register may vote. Germans living abroad who do not have a registered domicile in Germany are called German expatriates. They are not automatically entered into a voters’ register. If German expatriates wish to participate in European elections, they have to submit a formal application for entry into the voters’ register before each election.

Please note that applications cannot be accepted yet.

Germans living abroad who do not have a permanent place of residence in Germany cannot apply for entry in the voters’ register yet. The application form and instructions for completing it will be available for download about six months before election day on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

Abroad only temporarily?

Germans who are abroad temporarily (for instance while on vacation) and still have a registered domicile in Germany will be entered ex officio into the voters’ register of their municipality. They may exercise their right to vote by postal ballot.

Germans with place of residence in ...

Requirements for being entered in the voters’ register

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