Press release no. 11/19 of 8. April 2019

2019 European Election: order of parties on ballot papers varies within Germany

WIESBADEN – The order of the parties on the ballot papers used in the European Election of 26 May 2019 will not be the same everywhere in Germany. The Federal Returning Officer also reports that the order of nominations on the ballot papers is defined by the European Elections Act. In each Land, it depends on the number of votes that each party or other political association obtained with its nomination in the Land concerned in the 2014 Election to the European Parliament. The nominations of parties and other political associations which did not participate in the latest European election follow in alphabetical order of the names.

In this year's European election, the CDU will be first on the ballot paper in eleven Länder, the SPD in four Länder (Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin and Brandenburg) and the CSU in Bayern.

The SPD will be listed second in nine Länder, in four Länder it will be the CDU (Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin and Brandenburg) and in three Länder the party DIE LINKE (Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen).

The party DIE GRÜNEN will be third on the list in ten Länder, in three Länder the SPD will be listed third (Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen), in two Länder the party DIE LINKE (Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and in Saarland the AfD.

In twelve Länder the AfD will be fourth on the ballot paper and in four Länder the party DIE LINKE (Hamburg, Bremen, Saarland and Berlin).

An overview of the order of parties on the ballot papers in all Länder is available on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.


For further information:

Office of the Federal Returning Officer
tel: +49 611 75-4863