Postal ballot board

To establish the result of the postal ballot, there are at least one electoral officer and one electoral board for each constituency (at European elections, for each district and each town not attached to an administrative district).

The constituency returning officer determines how many postal ballot boards are necessary to establish the result of the postal ballot on election day (at European elections, the district or town returning officer).

To establish the result of the postal ballot, electoral officers and electoral boards can be appointed for one or several municipalities or for specific districts within the constituency rather than for every constituency (at European elections, for one or more municipalities of a district rather than for every district). The Land government or the agency designated by it issues the order.

When postal ballot boards are set up, the number of postal ballot letters allotted to a postal ballot board must not be so small that it becomes evident how individual voters have voted; at least fifty postal ballot letters should be allotted to each postal ballot board.

Legal bases

Bundestag election:

Section 8 (1) and (3) of the Federal Elections Act (BWG)
Section 7 of the Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)

European election:

Section 5 (1), (2) of the European Elections Act (EuWG)
Section 7 of the European Electoral Regulations (EuWO)

Last update: 1 October 2014