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Elections abroad – Germany

Updated : 07/07/2014

European Parliament elections

Germany

European Parliament elections

Foreign EU citizens need to register to vote in European Parliament elections when voting in Germany for the first time. The registration must be submitted to the German municipality of residence.

They will then be put on the electoral roll for future European Parliament elections in Germany, unless they move to another country or they request to be deregistered.

To vote or stand as a candidate in European Parliament elections you must:

  • be an EU citizen
  • live in Germany
  • be18 years old on election day
  • have been permanently resident for at least three months in Germany or in another EU country,
  • not be disqualified from voting or, to be elected, from standing as a candidate

To inform the authorities where they will vote in European Parliament elections, foreign EU citizens should contact their German municipality of residence.

Voting in European Parliament elections isn't compulsory.

Foreign EU citizens standing as a candidate in European Parliament elections must declare that they are not standing in any other country, and that they are not disqualified from standing.

The German European Parliament elections are held on the basis of list nominations only. List nominations must be submitted by political parties or other political associations to the Federal Returning Officer (electoral administration). Together with the list nomination, several documents must be submitted, including a form containing those declarations for foreign EU citizens standing as a candidate. The form can be obtained from the Land Returning Officers and from the Federal Returning Officer.

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