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On election day, election assistants are deployed as members of the electoral committees or as assistants to conduct the election at the polling station. 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 Cooperation in the determination of the election results Electoral assistants must perform their duties impartially (e.g. they may not wear any sign that indicates their own political convictions) and are obliged to maintain secrecy about matters that have come to their knowledge in the course of their official duties.

Election assistants who are members of the electoral board must themselves be eligible to vote in the election in question. The activity as election assistants is voluntary and obligatory. It may only be refused for important reasons. In the following cases, for example, the right to refuse the activity exists: On election day the 65th year of age is completed. It can be credibly demonstrated that the care for the family makes the exercise of the office particularly difficult. The office cannot be exercised due to illness, disability, urgent professional or other important reasons. What is recognised as an important reason is generally decided by the election authority. The existence of an important reason must be proven. Note: A right to time off work or special leave for work as an election assistant may exist on the basis of a law or collective agreement. There is the possibility of compensation for the activity as an election assistant. The amount of the compensation shall be at least 50 Euro.

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).
The registration as an election assistant can be made on a voluntary basis at the election office. A desired electoral district for the assignment can also be specified. The electoral office will then try to take this into account. If not enough volunteers are found for an election, election assistants can be appointed. The notification will be made in good time before the election, in which electoral district the deployment will take place, as well as further information on the exact procedure on election day.