Voting in Germany

Who can take part in elections?

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Free Elections are fundamental components of democracy. Through elections, all citizens can regularly participate in the political process and have a say in politics. The parties elected by the majority of voters are allowed to form a government for a definite period. If citizens are dissatisfied with the government's policies, they can vote them out in the next election.

What do I need to know?

What types of election exist here?

Who can vote?

Who can get elected?

When do the elections take place?

How many votes does each citizen have?

How does the voting process work?

What are an election assistant's tasks?

What does the German law say regarding elections?

What does “five percent hurdle” mean?

How is the government formed?

How high is the participation rate?

How can I become politically active?

Important

If you live in Berlin or plan to visit, you can tour the German parliament ("Bundestag"). Keep in mind that you must register for your tour in advance at  www.reichstag-fuehrung.de.