Why are you abstaining?
You can vote in the polling stations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day.
If you are eligible to vote and are entered in the electoral roll, you will receive a voting notification from your municipality where you can find the address and opening times of your polling station. You should bring this voting notification and your identity card or passport with you to the polling station.
In the event that you have misplaced or lost your voting notification, you can still vote. But don't forget to bring your ID card or passport with you to the polling station.
If you are unable to visit the polling station, you can cast your vote by postal vote before the election day. You can find more information in the service "Apply for a voting slip".
For the election of the municipal, local and district councils, you will receive official individual ballot papers for each nomination. The ballot papers can also be connected to one another by perforations.
Each ballot contains:
- the name of the party or electoral association, an abbreviation (if one is used) or the password of the nomination
- Surname, first name, occupation or status and address of the applicants
- free lines
Election of municipal and local councils
In municipal elections, you have as many votes as there are councils to elect. If you submit a single ballot completely unchanged, each applicant listed on this single ballot will receive one vote. This also applies if you mark a voting slip as a whole (for example with a cross next to the name of the party). If you want to submit a voting slip unchanged, you must never delete individual applicants. If you delete individual applicants, your voting slip is already considered changed. In this case, only those votes are valid that have been expressly cast (i.e. by ticking the box or the number "1", "2" or "3") for applicants.
Note: In municipalities with up to 3,000 inhabitants, the nominations can contain up to twice as many applicants as councils are to be elected. If you submit an unchanged single ballot in this case, only as many applicants in the order from above are considered to be elected with one vote as there are actually councils to be elected. If no more than three representatives are to be elected for a residential district in the case of an incorrect sub-location, the nominations for this residential district may contain one more applicant. If you submit an unchanged single ballot in this case, only as many applicants in the order as above are considered to be elected with one vote as there are representatives for this residential district. In these two cases, too, you may not delete the superfluous applicants. Otherwise your ballot will be considered changed.
However, you can also expressly mark the applicants to whom you want to vote as elected on the individual ballot paper. In addition, you can transfer (variegate) applicants from other nominations to this individual ballot and give the applicants up to three votes (cumulate) as long as you do not exceed your total number of votes.
You can also submit several individual voting slips and mark the applicants to whom you would like to vote as elected. However, they must not exceed the total number of votes.
The variegation enables you to choose applicants from various nominations. Cumulation allows you to weight your votes differently by giving individual applicants multiple votes. However, you may not have more than three votes on one applicant.
Note: If the sub-location is incorrectly selected, you may only variegate applicants within the same residential area. In addition, you may only vote as many applicants for the individual residential district as there are councils to be elected for this residential district. This number is on the ballot paper.
Election of district councils
When electing the district councils, you have as many votes as there are district councils in the constituency to be elected. One and a half times as many applicants can be nominated per nomination as there are district councils to be elected in the constituency.
If you hand in your individual ballot unchanged, then only as many applicants in the order from the top of this ballot paper are considered to be elected with one vote as there are actually district councils for the constituency. If you want to submit a voting slip unchanged, you must under no circumstances delete individual applicants - not even the superfluous ones. If you delete individual applicants, your voting slip is already deemed to have been changed. In this case, only those votes are valid that have been expressly cast (i.e. by ticking the box or the number "1", "2" or "3") for applicants.
Otherwise, you can also vary and cumulate when choosing the district councils. When electing the district councils, you can either hand in just one single ballot or several single ballots and then mark the applicants to whom you want to give votes as elected. You may not exceed the total number of votes in the constituency.
Identification of the ballot papers
If you do not want to make use of the option of submitting an individual ballot unchanged, you can vote for an applicant in the municipal and local council elections as well as in the district council elections in the following way:
- Put a cross or the number "1" in the box next to the pre-printed name of the applicant on the voting slip if you want to give the applicant a vote.
- You put the number "2" or "3" in the box next to the applicant's name if you want to give the applicant two or three votes.
If you would like to vote for applicants from other individual ballot papers, you must enter their names in the blank lines of the individual ballot paper that you use for your vote. If you would like to give two or three votes to one of these subsequently entered applicants, you must enter the number "2" or "3" in the box next to the registered name. The votes that you give this applicant will be added to the nomination from which you took the applicant.
You can also use several individual ballot papers for your vote and mark the applicants of the different nominations with a cross or the numbers "1", "2" or "3".
Note: Adding offensive comments will invalidate your vote. If you cast your vote by entering the applicant's name on the voting slip, the name must be legible, otherwise your intended vote for this applicant will be invalid.
You must put all the individual voting slips used by you in the official ballot envelope provided for this purpose after you have cast your vote. You will receive this envelope when you vote in the polling station.
Participation in voting by people with disabilities
The municipality informs which voting rooms are barrier-free (handicapped accessible). In case of doubt, inquire about it early on.
If your assigned polling station is not handicapped accessible, you have the option of applying for a voting slip from your local authority and using it to vote either in another, handicapped-accessible polling station or by postal vote.
If you are unable to cast or read your vote on your own due to your physical disability, you have the option of having someone you trust help you with the election (at the polling station or with the postal vote). You can also ask a member of the electoral committee for help at the polling station.
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