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On election day, poll workers are employed as members of the election committees or as assistants in conducting the election either in the polling station or in the counting of the absentee ballot. Their tasks include, for example:

  • Checking the eligibility to vote on the basis of the electoral roll
  • Issuing the ballot papers
  • Release of the ballot box for the insertion of the ballot paper
  • Assistance with the determination of the election result

Election assistants must exercise their office impartially (e.g. they are not allowed to wear any sign indicating their own political conviction) and are obliged to secrecy about the matters which have become known to them during their official activity.

For the exercise of this honorary office an expense allowance is paid. This amounts to 60-70€ for the federal election, depending on the position in the election committee.

And what is with Corona?

The health of the election worker:inside and voter:inside has naturally highest priority.

During the election there is a hygiene concept for the polling stations as well as for the central counting of the postal votes. Among other things, this provides for the already known measures such as distance, mask obligation and regular hand disinfection, but also a one-way rule in the polling station, spit shields and disposable pens should minimize the risk of infection. In addition, care was taken to select polling stations that are large enough to ensure the necessary distance.

Preconditions

Election workers must themselves be eligible to vote in the election in question. For the Bundestag election, this means that you have reached the age of 18, are a German citizen and have been resident in Germany for at least three months.

To become active as an election worker, you do not need any previous experience. Depending on the position within the election committee, training is offered to prepare the election workers for their work.

The activity as an election worker is voluntary and obligatory. It may be rejected only for important reasons.

What is recognized as an important reason, decides in principle the election authority. The existence of an important reason must be proven.

Note: On the basis of a law or collective agreement, there may be a right to time off work or special leave for an activity as an election worker.

Hints

The electoral office may collect and process personal data (surname, first names, date of birth, address, telephone numbers, number of appeals made) of persons entitled to vote for the purpose of their appointment as election assistants. Data may also be processed for future elections, provided the persons concerned have not objected to the processing of their data. The data subjects must be informed of their right to object.

Special features of the individual elections

  • Election of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament:

In the election of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament, there is one electoral board per electoral district, which carries out its activities locally at the polling station. It is responsible both for the election procedure (voting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and for determining the election result.

As a rule, election assistants must already be present on the day of the election before the polling stations open in order to make preparations. During election day, attendance is usually in shifts. After the polling stations close, the polling officers must be present until all the votes have been counted.

In addition, there are postal ballot committees that carry out their activities at a central location. They meet at noon and first decide on the admission of the letters of election. After the polling stations close, they count the votes cast by postal vote.

  • Election of the Bremische Bürgerschaft, the advisory councils in the city of Bremen and the Bremerhaven city council

In these elections, so-called urn election committees are appointed in the polling stations. They are responsible there for supervising the election process (voting). After the polling stations close at 6 p.m., they are still responsible for final papers, after which they may terminate their activity, but only after the election documents have been handed over to the persons responsible.

The counting of votes is the responsibility of independent counting committees. They will meet on election day from about 6 p.m. onwards in the premises designated for counting (generally a central counting centre). Each counting committee will count at least one electoral district on the evening of the election with regard to the citizenship election. Counting will continue on the following days (until about Friday after the election).

In view of the more complex five-vote voting system, more comprehensive training of the election workers is required - especially for the counting committees.

If the activity as an election assistant is to be refused for important reasons, proof of these reasons must be provided (e.g. a medical certificate).

  • Bundeswahlgesetz (BWahlG), s. §§ 8 bis 11
  • Bundeswahlordnung (BWO), s. §§ 6 bis 11 
  • Europawahlgesetz (EuWG), s. § 5 
  • Europawahlordnung (EuWO), s. §§ 6 bis 11 
  • Bremisches Wahlgesetz (BremWahlG)
  • Bremische Landeswahlordnung (BremLWO), s. §§ 6 bis 10 
  • Bremische Verfassung 
  • Ortsgesetz über Beiräte und Ortsämter-[Ortsbeirätegesetz]

The registration as an election worker can be made at the election office on a voluntary basis. You can also indicate a preferred constituency or a wish to work together with friends or family. Also the preferred position in the election committee can be indicated. The election office will then try to take this into account.

For the commitment as an election worker, an expense allowance of up to 70 € is paid.

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