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Updated : 13/10/2016

Municipal elections – Germany

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German nationals and other EU nationals eligible to vote are automatically put on the electoral roll for municipal elections, if they are registered with the municipal authority on the reference date.

The conditions to vote or stand as a candidate in municipal elections are the same as the conditions for German nationals. Since Germany is a federal republic, the specific conditions differ according to the Bundesland (German region) of reference.

Voting in municipal elections is not compulsory.

Non-German EU nationals can become mayor or members of the mayor's executive committee in some of the Bundesländer (German regions), whereas in others they can't. Since Germany is a federal republic, the conditions differ on the basis of the Bundesland (German region) of reference.

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