Applying to vote by post in legislative elections

Every 5 years, all Luxembourg citizens who are registered voters directly elect the 60 members of the Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des députés). The Chamber of Deputies is the national Parliament in the Luxembourg unicameral system.

In principle, legislative elections take place on the same day and the same month as the previous legislative elections.

If that day is not a Sunday, the elections are moved to the Sunday preceding the day in question.

The legislative elections are for Luxembourg nationals only. Voting is mandatory for all registered voters. Voters may not be represented by proxy.

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

Who is concerned

All voters registered on the electoral rolls can ask to vote by correspondence for the election.

Luxembourg citizens who reside abroad and who are not registered on the electoral roll but who have the right to vote due to their Luxembourg nationality.

Prerequisites

The voter must first be registered on the electoral rolls.

Deadlines

The request for postal voting must be sent to the commune where the voter is registered on the electoral roll:

  • 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 is sent abroad.

How to proceed

Application for postal voting

Voters who wish to vote by mail must inform the commune where they are registered and request their poll card.

The request for the poll card can be made:

  • electronically on MyGuichet.lu;
  • by post on plain paper or on a pre-printed form which can be obtained from the communal administration where the voter is registered.

In the letter, the voter must:

  • indicate their surname, given name(s), date and place of birth, domicile and the address to which the polling card should be sent;
  • solemnly declare that they have not been stripped of the right to vote;
  • for Luxembourg voters residing abroad, provide a copy of their valid passport.

Upon receipt of the request, the commune checks if:

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

Rejection of an application

If the applicant does not meet the conditions for postal voting, the commune will inform him of the refusal:

  • at the latest 20 days before the election, if the voter lives in Luxembourg;
  • at the latest 35 days before the election, if the voter lives abroad;

Obtaining a polling card

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

The poll card is sent, at the latest:

  • 15 days before election day, if the poll card is sent to an address in Luxembourg;
  • 30 days before election day, if the poll card is sent to an address in abroad;

The poll card contains the following information:

  • the list of candidates;
  • instructions for voting by postal vote in a legislative 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 can no longer 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 must be received by the polling station on the day of the election before 14.00 at the latest.

The envelopes containing the ballot are kept by the postal services of the receiving polling station until election day.

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