Send postal ballot documents

If you want to take part in the election by postal vote, you will need a polling card.

You have received a voter notification and want to cast your vote by postal ballot on election day. In this case, you can apply for election documents for a postal vote. Where and how you can apply for the documents is indicated on the back of your election notification. You can have the documents for the postal vote sent to you or you can pick them up at the municipal authority. If you pick up your ballot paper and postal voting documents in person at the municipal authority, you can cast your vote on the spot. You can also instruct a person you trust to collect the postal voting documents. The authorised representative requires a written power of attorney for this.

You can send the completed election documents to the place indicated on the ballot envelope or hand them in personally to this office.


They must be entitled to vote and entered in the voters' register.


If you are unfamiliar with reading or are prevented from casting your vote by postal ballot due to a disability, another person may help you. This person must have reached the age of 16 and confirm by means of an assurance on oath that he or she has marked the ballot paper according to your declared will.

Related Links

  • § 36 Federal Elections Act (BWahlG)
  • Federal Electoral Act
  • § 66 Federal Election Ordinance (BWO)
  • Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)

You can apply for the ballot paper orally, in writing or electronically at the competent municipal authority. Anyone who provides the ballot paper for another must prove by presenting a written power of attorney that he is entitled to do so. Ballot papers can be applied for regularly until the second day before the election, 6 p.m. If you are unable to visit the polling station in the event of proven sudden illness or only with unreasonable difficulty, you can still apply for the polling card until 3 p.m. on election day.

Upon your request, you will receive the following documents:

  • the ballot paper,
  • the official ballot paper,
  • the official ballot paper envelope,
  • the official ballot envelope and
  • the leaflet on postal voting, on which the postal vote is explained

To vote by postal ballot:

  1. Personally mark the ballot paper.
  2. Place the ballot paper in the official ballot envelope provided for this purpose and close it.
  3. Sign the insurance pre-printed on the ballot paper on oath instead of postal voting, stating the day.
  4. Insert the sealed official ballot paper envelope and the signed ballot paper into the official ballot envelope.
  5. Close the ballot envelope.

Send the ballot letter in good time to the place indicated on the ballot envelope. The ballot letter can also be handed in at this office.

Detailed information on postal voting with vivid pictures can be found in the leaflet on postal voting, which all postal voters use with the postal voting documents.

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