European elections Voters' register of EU citizens living in Germany

As an EU citizen living in Germany, you can take part in the European elections if you are entered on the voters' register.

If you live in Germany as an EU citizen and want to take part in the European elections, you must be entered in the voters' register. This is done either ex officio or you have to submit an application for registration.

If you have been entered in the voters' register at the request of a previous European election and have not moved abroad in the meantime, you will be entered in the voters' register ex officio and do not need to submit a new application.

In other cases, you must apply for entry on the voters' register.

If you are not entered on the electoral roll ex officio, you must submit an application in accordance with Annex 2A to the European Election Regulations.

You must submit the application in writing and sign it in person and by hand.  

Related Links

  • Annex 2A (to § 17a paragraph 2) European Election Regulations (EuWO)

Preconditions

You will be entered on the electoral roll ex officio if you

  • are entitled to vote on election day,
  • have been entered on the electoral roll at your request in a previous European election,
  • in the meantime have not moved abroad.   

They will be entered in the voters' register upon request if:

  • are entitled to vote on election day, and
  • submit an application for entry in the voters' register to the competent municipal authority in due form and in due time.

Related Links

  • § 17a European Election Regulations (EuWO)
  • § 17b European Election Regulations (EuWO)

If you, as a citizen of the Union, are not entered in the voters' register ex officio, you must submit an application for entry in the voters' register in accordance with Annex 2A to the European Election Regulations (EuWO) to the competent municipal authority.

The municipal authority decides on your application and sends a voter notification or a rejection notice.

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Last update or date of publication
13.04.2021