Press release no. 28/19 of 22. Mai 2019

2019 European Election: send your postal ballot letter now

WIESBADEN – The Federal Returning Officer advises all postal voters that postal ballot letters containing the completed ballot papers for the European election must have arrived at the competent authority on election day (next Sunday, 26 May 2019) by 6 p.m. at the latest. Only then can the vote be counted in the European election.

The Federal Returning Officer recommends that all postal voters who have not yet completed and sent their postal voting documents should post their ballot letters soon, either today or tomorrow. It is also possible to deliver the postal ballot letter – or have it delivered – in time at the address indicated on the official return envelope.

Every postal voter has to make sure that the postal ballot letter arrives in time at the electoral office. If a ballot letter is received too late, the vote will not be counted in the European election.

Another opportunity is to receive the polling card and the postal voting documents directly at the competent municipal authority. In that case voters may cast their votes there and then. This approach is useful in the case of short-notice absence on election day in order to avoid the mail delivery times to be usually considered when sending the postal voting documents.


For further information:

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