Voter’s notification

Generally, the municipalities send out the voter’s notifications four to six weeks before election. The persons entitled to vote have to be informed about their having been entered in the voters’ register by the 21st day before election at the latest. Persons entitled to vote who have received a voter’s notification in due time can be sure that they are listed in the voters’ register. Persons entitled to vote who have not received a voter’s notification by the 21st day before election should contact the municipality of their main residence to find out if they have been entered in the voters’ register. From the 20th to the 16th day before election, there is the opportunity to inspect the voters’ registers and lodge an objection against the voters’ register on the grounds of incorrectness or incompleteness. You may of course go to the polling station without a voter’s notification. You may however be rejected if you are not on the voters’ register.

The voter’s notification should be brought along for casting the vote. The design of the voter’s notification may vary among the Länder. It informs about the option of voting by postal ballot.

Legal bases

Bundestag election:

Section 19 of the Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)

European election:

Section 18 of the European Electoral Regulations (EuWO)  

Last update: 1 November 2015