To have a quick overview of German democracy, you can visit Make it in Germany.

Municipal elections (for EU citizens)

If you are an EU citizen eligible to vote and registered with the municipal authority on the reference date, you are automatically put on the electoral roll for municipal elections. The conditions to vote or stand as a candidate in municipal elections are the same as for German nationals.

Voting in municipal elections is not compulsory.

European elections (for EU citizens)

As an EU-citizen, you may vote either in your country of origin or in Germany. You’ll need to register with your municipality of residence. The request for registration must be submitted to the German municipality of residence no later than the 21st day before the elections.

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

  • be an EU citizen;
  • have your residential address in Germany;
  • be at least 18 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 from standing as a candidate.

Voting in European Parliamentary elections is not compulsory.

Elections in your country of origin

Living abroad does not mean you escape political news from home. Ask your local embassy or consulate the voting conditions for the elections in your country of origin.

EU citizens, check more information on the EC portal Your Europe!

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