Voting in legislative elections

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In Luxembourg, legislative elections (‘Chamberwahlen’) are held to elect the 60 deputies who make up the Chamber of Deputies (the national Parliament). The usual length of their term is 5 years.

Deputies are elected directly by the nation, without intermediaries, by universal suffrage.

Who is concerned

All Luxembourg nationals registered on the electoral rolls are invited to vote in the legislative elections.

If you reside abroad or have opted for postal vote, you may vote in the legislative elections by postal vote.

How to proceed

Mandatory voting and secret ballot

Voting is mandatory for all registered voters. You cannot be represented by another person. If you are unable to vote in the election, you must explain the reason for your absence to your local State Prosecutor, and provide the necessary supporting documents.

The vote is secret and you cannot be forced to reveal it for any reason (judicial investigation or challenge, parliamentary inquiry, etc.).

Poll card

A poll card is sent by the communal administration to you at least 5 days in advance indicating:

  • the date;
  • the start and end times of the voting;
  • the place where the vote is to be held and, if there are a number of polling stations, the exact name of the station to which you must go.

The poll card contains instructions as well as the list of candidates.

On the day of the election, you must go to the polling station with your identity card or passport but do not need to bring the polling card.

If you show up without your identity card or passport, you may be admitted to vote if your identity and capacity are recognized by the members of the polling station.

The election system

The country is divided into 4 electoral districts:

  • the South, comprising the cantons of Esch-sur-Alzette and Capellen;
  • the East, comprising the cantons of Grevenmacher, Remich, and Echternach;
  • the Centre, comprising the cantons of Luxembourg and Mersch;
  • the North, comprising the cantons of Diekirch, Redange, Wiltz, Clervaux, and Vianden.

There are 60 deputies in total:

  • 23 deputies to the Southern district;
  • 7 deputies to the Eastern district;
  • 21 deputies to the Central district; and
  • 9 deputies to the Northern district.

Deputies are elected for a term of 5 years. The elections are direct. The 60 deputies are elected using the list system (party list).

As a voter you have as many votes as there are deputies to be elected in your district. Votes may be cast for list or for individual candidates.

The 60 seats are divided among the lists in proportion to the total number of votes for a list (the rule of proportional representation) and of the individual votes received by each list (the principle of the smallest electoral quotient). The system of proportional representation ensures equitable representation to the minority, with seats allocated among the different candidate lists in proportion to the number of votes that they receive.

Voting procedure

You receive a folded ballot paper, stamped on the back with a stamp that states the name of the commune and the number of the polling station.

You will directly have to go into one of the booths, mark your vote, show the chief polling officer your ballot folded back into its original state with the stamp on the outside, and deposit it in the ballot box.

You are forbidden to unfold your ballot once you leave the voting booth in a way that reveals how you voted. If this happens, the chief polling officer will take the unfolded ballot, immediately cancel and destroy it, and invite you to vote again.

If you inadvertently damage the ballot that was given to you, you may ask the chief polling officer for another one after returning the original one, which will be immediately destroyed. This will be recorded in the voting report.

You may spend only as much time in the booth as is necessary to fill out your ballot(s).

As you leave the voting room, the polling officer will admit another person so that the voters succeed each other in the isolated booths without interruption.

If you have a visual, physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability or are under guardianship, the chief polling officer authorises you to be accompanied by a guide or assistant, and even to have them cast the vote that you are unable to cast yourself.

The guide or assistant has to be a voter. The following persons may not act as guides or assistants for a voter who has a visual, physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability or is under guardianship:

  • candidates in the elections and their relatives by blood or marriage up to and including the 2nd degree;
  • holders of a national, European or communal elected office;
  • people who cannot read or write and those who are excluded from the electorate;
  • as the case may be, your guardian.

As a visually impaired voter, you may also be entitled to vote using the tactile voting model provided before the elections. Failing this, you may use the model kept available by the polling station.

A polling station member can accompany you into a voting booth to help you insert the ballot correctly into the voting model.

To find out more about postal voting procedure, consult our explanatory information page.

Ballot validity

You have as many votes as there are deputies to be elected in your district.

Votes may be cast for a list or for individual candidates.

If you vote for a list, you may not cast any additional votes, under penalty of cancellation of your ballot, unless the list chosen includes fewer candidates than there are deputies to be elected in your district.

If you vote for individual candidates, you may choose candidates from the same list or from different lists, but must be careful not to vote for more candidates than there are available seats.

You may allocate 2 votes to each of the candidates, up to the total number of votes that you hold.

The following ballots are deemed null and void:

  • any ballots other than the one that the chief polling officer has given you at the time of the vote;
  • the ballot given to you:
    • if you have cast more votes than there are deputies to be elected;
    • if you have not cast any votes;
    • if an unauthorised deletion, sign or mark may render you recognisable;
    • if it contains any paper or other object inside.

Permission to leave work to vote

If you are an employee, you may obtain permission from your employer to leave work to exercise your civic rights and duties, such as voting in legislative elections.

This permission to leave work in order to vote may not be counted against your paid leave.

Forms / Online services

Registration on the electoral roll in the RNPP

Verify your registration on the electoral roll in the RNPP

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Inscription sur les listes électorales dans le RNPP

Vérifiez votre inscription sur les listes électorales dans le RNPP

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Eintragung in den Wählerverzeichnissen im RNPP

Im RNPP können Sie Ihre Eintragung in den Wählerverzeichnissen überprüfen

Ihre in diesem Formular erfassten personenbezogenen Informationen werden von der zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörde verarbeitet, um Ihren Antrag erfolgreich abzuschließen.

Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

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