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Bundestag election 2021: how long is postal voting still possible? Information on application, deadlines, abroad


The federal election will take place on September 26, 2021. Voters can also submit their votes by postal vote. It is important to note that. 

The federal election will take place on September 26, 2021.

Voters can also submit their votes by postal vote.

It is important to note that. 

Munich - The federal election in 2021 is imminent.

While the question arises for voters who they should vote, another topic can also play a major role: polling station or would you prefer postal voting?

In the federal election on September 26th, the polling stations for citizens entitled to vote will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

However, you can also cast your vote by postal vote.

All you need is a voting slip.

This also applies to voters who are abroad for a temporary period.

You can find out here how to apply for the ballot and which deadlines must be observed.

Federal election 2021: How to apply for a voting slip

All eligible voters had to have received a voting notification by September 5, 2021.

This will be sent by post and contains important information on voting.

This includes, for example, information on the time of voting and information on the place of voting.

A form is also enclosed with the voting notification.

With this, those entitled to vote can apply for a voting slip in order to vote by postal vote.


Before the federal election in 2021, all eligible voters will receive a voting notification.

© Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert / dpa

Did you know long in advance that you would be unable to attend on September 26th, you could apply for a voting slip before September 5th.

This can be done orally or in writing - but not by phone.

  • Where can you apply for the voting slip?

    At the municipality of your main place of residence.

  • What information is required?

    Family name, first name, date of birth and home address (street, house number, postcode, town).

Ballot papers will be issued from August 3, 2021, and ballot papers have been printed from August 5, 2021.

It was therefore possible to cast votes by postal vote as early as August.

Bundestag election: You should observe these important deadlines for postal votes

If you have decided to vote by mail, there are two elementary deadlines to be observed:

  • September 24, 2021:

    By this day at the latest - the Friday before the federal election in 2021 - applications for postal votes must be submitted by 6 p.m.

    In exceptional cases, this is still possible until 3 p.m. on Sunday, for example if someone suddenly falls ill.

  • September 26, 2021:

    The documents should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. on this day.

    If this does not happen, the vote will not be taken into account.

Postal voting from abroad: You should have considered that

Postal votes are also possible for those entitled to vote who live abroad.

In order to be able to participate in the federal election in 2021, people living abroad must apply to the responsible municipality to be entered in the electoral roll.

The application had to be submitted by August 5, 2021 at the latest.

The postal voting documents should then be returned as soon as possible.

Here, too, the following applies: The documents must arrive by the election date on September 26, 2021 at 6 p.m. at the latest, otherwise the vote will not count.

Bundestag election 2021: These documents are contained in the election letter

  • A ballot.

  • An official ballot.

  • An official ballot envelope in blue color.

  • An official ballot envelope in red.

    This gives the full address to which the election letter must be returned.

    It also contains the name of the municipality's issuing office and the voting slip number or the electoral district.

  • A sheet of paper with all the important information about postal voting.

Bundestag election 2021: This is how the postal vote works

Once voters have received the voting slip, there are two options: You can send the voting documents back by post or, alternatively, vote with the voting slip at an electoral office.

How to vote in the Federal Parliament election 2021 by postal vote - information on postage and shipping

  • Tick ​​first and second vote on the voting slip.

    Put the ballot in the blue envelope (ballot envelope) and tape it shut.

  • You sign the "Insurance on oath instead of postal vote" with your date and signature.

    This is located at the bottom of the ballot paper.

  • Now put the ballot paper and the blue envelope in the red ballot envelope.

    Glue these up too.

  • You can hand in the red postal ballot envelope unstamped within Germany - or hand it in directly to the place indicated.

    Outside of Germany you have to frank the letter.


you can always find out up-to-date in advance what the polls say for the federal election in 2021.

You will also find an interactive map here with all the results for constituencies and municipalities.


Source: merkur

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