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European Elections 26th of May 2019

Published Friday February 22 2019

European Elections 2019

Preliminary notes:

Pursuant to article 89 of the electoral law of February 18, 2003, voting is compulsory for all citizens of Luxembourg older than 18 years on the day of the ballot who enjoy all civil and political rights and are registered in the electoral registry.

 

Citizens 75 years or older and citizens who are domiciled in a municipality different from the one where they are called to vote – i.e. citizens who live abroadare exempt from compulsory participation in the elections.

 

The electoral law enables Luxembourg citizens who do not reside in Luxembourg or who are staying abroad for personal or professional reasons to participate in the election with an absentee ballot.

 

Citizens who wish to do so must submit their application to vote to the Board of the Mayor and the Aldermen (Collège des Bourgmestre et Echevins) of the Commune where they are registered voters.

 

Registered voters domiciled in Luxembourg but absent on election day, should submit their application to the commune of their domiciles. Registered voters who are not domiciled in Luxembourg should submit their application to the commune of their last domicile, or else the commune of their birth, or if born abroad, to the commune of Luxembourg-City.

 

Applicants residing abroad should enclose a copy of their valid passport (cover and main page) with their application. In their application, voters also need to declare under oath that they have not been deprived of their civil and political rights by a court order (please refer to form below).

 

 

Applying to vote by mail in the European elections:

The Commune of your residence in Luxembourg (for those registered and residing abroad, your Commune is the CITY OF LUXEMBOURG) must receive your request to vote by absentee ballot between the dates of the 4th of March (earliest date) and the 16th of April (deadline). Further information can be found on the site guichet.lu: https://guichet.public.lu/fr/citoyens/citoyennete/elections/elections-europeennes/vote-correspondance-elections-europeennes.html

All voters on the electoral roll elect 6 Luxembourgish members to the European Parliament (EP) every 5 years.

Voting in the European elections is mandatory for all registered voters , regardless of their nationality (Luxembourg or of another EU Member State). Voters may not be represented by proxy.

Citizens 75 years or older and citizens who are domiciled in a municipality different from the one where they are called to vote – i.e. citizens who live abroadare exempt from compulsory participation in the elections.

A postal voting system has been put in place for all voters in order to prevent abstention.

The request for a postal vote must be made to the commune in which the voter is registered .

Who is concerned

Each voter, whether a Luxembourg citizen or a national of another Member State of the European Union (EU), can vote by correspondence during the European elections.

Postal voting is also allowed for Luxembourg nationals residing abroad.

Prerequisites

The voter must first be registered on the electoral list.

Deadlines

The request for postal voting must be sent to the commune where the voter is voting:

  • at the earliest 12 weeks and at the latest 25 days before election day, if the poll card is sent to an address in Luxembourg;
  • at the earliest 12 weeks and at the latest 40 days before election day, if the poll card must be sent abroad;

How to proceed

Applying for a postal vote

An voter wishing to vote by mail during the European elections must inform the commune and request the poll card.

The request can be made:

  • electronically via MyGuichet.lu  ;
  • by post (on free paper or on a pre-printed form to be obtained from the voter's commune of residence).

Voters must provide:

  • their name(s);
  • first name(s) ;
  • date and place of birth;
  • address and;
  • the address to which the poll card has to be sent.

Upon receipt of the request, the commune checks if:

  • the application contains the required information and documents;
  • the applicant is registered on the electoral roll;

Rejection of the application

If the request for a postal vote is rejected, the commune sends the refusal to the applicant 35 days before the vote at the latest.

Receiving the poll card

If the request for postal voting is accepted, the commune will send the poll card by registered mail with return receipt to the voter.

The poll card is sent, at the latest:

  • 15 days before the election, if the voter lives in Luxembourg;
  • 30 days before the election, if the voter resides abroad.

The poll card contains the following information:

  • the list of candidates;
  • instructions for voting by postal vote in a European election ;
  • a non-transparent, standard-type, duly stamped envelope;
  • duly stamped voting papers;
  • an envelope, for the transmission of the electoral envelope which must bear the indication "Elections - Vote par correspondance", the indication of the polling station on the lower right corner of the envelope and the reference number, name, first name(s) and address of the voter.

An alphabetical list of voters having applied for a postal vote will be prepared, including the surname, first name(s), date and place of birth, domicile and current address of each voter. The response given to each request is noted opposite the applicant's name. Voters appearing on this list may not choose another voting method.

Completing and sending the ballot

The voter completes the ballot paper.

The visually impaired voter can use the tactile voting model to express their vote.

To send the ballot to the polling station, voters must place the ballot paper, duly completed and folded, with the stamp showing on the outside, in the electoral envelope. The electoral envelope must be placed inside the postal envelope and sent by ordinary post.

The envelope containing the ballot must be received by the appropriate polling station on the day of the election before 14h00 at the latest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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