Polling booth

The polling booth must be set up by the municipal authority in such a way as to enable the voter to mark and fold the ballot paper in it without being observed.

A writing implement is to be laid out in the polling booth.

The electoral board shall take care to ensure that only one voter is in the polling booth at any time. An exception can be made only if a voter is unable to read or prevented from marking or folding the ballot paper due to a physical limitation. Taking children into the polling booth is unobjectionable only if they are very small.

Legal bases

Bundestag election:

Section 33 (1) of the Federal Elections Act (BWG)
Sections 50, 56 (2) of the Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)

European election:

Section 16 (2) of the European Elections Act (EuWG)
Section 49 (2) of the European Electoral Regulations (EuWO)

Last update: 1 June 2016