Press release no. 24/19 of 16. Mai 2019

2019 European Election: 10 days left until the election day in Germany

WIESBADEN – The Federal Returning Officer reports that just 10 days are left until the European Election in Germany on 26 May 2019. This is a good reason for compiling some figures on this 2019 election.

  • 8 municipal elections will take place on the same day as the ninth European Parliament election on 26 May 2019: in Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheinland-Pfalz, dem Saarland, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen.
  • 16  land returning officers ensure that the European Election is properly conducted in the German Länder.
  • 6 p.m.: end of the poll in Germany.
  • 25 euros of refreshment allowance are paid to poll workers on election day (electoral officers receive 35 euros).
  • 28 EU Member States elect their members of the European Parliament.
  • 35.3 % of the persons entitled to vote in Germany are older than 59 years.
  • 41 parties and other political associations will run in this European Election in Germany.
  • 51.2 % of the persons entitled to vote in Germany are women.
  • 96 members of the European Parliament are elected by Germans.
  • 419 district, town and borough returning officers organise the European Election on the spot.
  • 751 members of the European Parliament will be elected in 2019.
  • 1,380 candidates are standing for election in Germany in the 2019 European Elections.
  • 1979 is the year in which the first direct elections to the European Parliament were held.
  • Roughly 15,000 postal ballot districts were established for the European Election.
  • Roughly 72,000 polling stations will be open to the voters on 26 May from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Roughly 609,000 volunteer poll workers will help at the polling stations and with the postal ballot on election day.
  • 3.9 million citizens of other EU Member States live in Germany and are entitled to vote here.
  • 3.9 million first-time voters may cast their vote in the European Election in Germany.
  • 64.8 million people are eligible to vote in the European Election in Germany.
  • Roughly 418 million people in all EU Member States are entitled to vote in the 2019 European Elections.
  • 512 million is the total number of inhabitants of all Member States of the European Union.

More information on the 2019 European Elections and statistics on all previous European Elections can be found on the Federal Returning Officer’s website at


For further information:

Office of the Federal Returning Officer
tel: +49 611 75-3444