In general, German citizens who live outside of the Federal Republic of Germany can vote in the election of the 19th German Bundestag on September 24, 2017.

However, adult Germans permanently living abroad who are not disqualified from voting are only entitled to go to the polls, if:

  • after reaching the age of 14, they were either residents in the Federal Republic of Germany for an uninterrupted period of at least three months and this stay dates back not more than 25 years or
  • for other reasons, they have become familiar, personally and directly, with the political situation in the Federal Republic of Germany and are affected by it.

Germans living abroad are not automatically entered into a voters’ register. If they wish to participate in Bundestag elections, they have to submit a formal application for entry into the voters’ register before each election.

The application form and an instruction leaflet is available on the Website of the Federal Returning Officer ("Bundeswahlleiter"). On this website you can also find details on the election as well as further information on the right to vote.

Official Webseite of the Bundestag Election

Detailed information on the Bundestag Election 2017 provided by the Federal Returning Officer ("Bundeswahlleiter").

Website of the Federal Returning Officer
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