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

While non-Luxembourgish European citizens may vote in communal and European elections, only Luxembourgish citizens may vote in the legislative elections.


To qualify as a voter in the legislative elections, one must:

  1. be of Luxembourgish nationality;
  2. be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election;
  3. possess full civil and political rights;
  4. reside in Luxembourg. Luxembourgish nationals residing abroad may vote in the legislative elections by postal vote.

The following persons may not be included on the electoral register, and are not allowed to vote:

  • people who have been convicted of criminal offences;
  • people who, for lesser offences, have been deprived of the right to vote by their sentences;
  • adults under guardianship.

How to proceed

Mandatory voting and secret ballot

Voting is mandatory for all registered voters. Voters may not be represented by proxy. Those who are unable to vote in the election must explain the reason for their absence to their local State Prosecutor, and provide the necessary supporting documents. Unjustified abstentions are punishable by a fine.

In the event of repeat offences, the penalty is increased.

The following are excused from mandatory voting:

  • voters who, at the time of the election, live in a commune other than the one in which they normally vote;
  • voters who are over 75 years of age.

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

Postal voting

Each voter can request to vote by post.

The request for a postal vote must be sent to the commune where the voter must vote:

  • 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.

Polling card

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

  • the date;
  • the start and end times of the voting;
  • the location of the polling station;
  • if there are multiple polling stations, the designation of the one where the voter is called to vote.

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

On the day of the election, voters may go to the polling station with their identity card or passport but do not need to bring the poll card.

A voter who shows up without their identity card or passport, may be admitted to vote if his or her identity and capacity are recognized by the members of the polling station.

Voting procedure

Voters 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.

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

They are forbidden to unfold their ballot once they leave the voting booth to reveal how they voted. If this happens, the chief polling officer will take the unfolded ballot, immediately annul and destroy it, and ask the voter to vote again.

Voters who inadvertently damage the ballot that was given to them may ask the chief polling officer for another one after returning the original one, which will immediately be destroyed. A record of this shall be made in the voting report.

Voters may spend only as much time in the booth as is necessary to fill out their ballots.

As one voter leaves the voting room, the polling officer will admit another so that the voters succeed each other in the isolated booths without interruption.

Voters who are blind or disabled may be authorised by the chief polling officer to be accompanied by a guide or aide who may even help them to vote if they are unable to do so themselves.

The visually impaired voter is also entitled to vote using the tactile voting model provided before the elections. Failing this, he may use the model kept available by the polling station.

A polling station member can accompany the visually impaired voter into a voting booth to help him insert the ballot correctly into the voting model.

Ballot validity

Each voter has as many votes as there are deputies to be elected in their district.

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

Electors who vote for a list may not cast any additional votes, subject to cancellation of their ballot, unless the list chosen includes fewer candidates than there are deputies to be elected in the district.

Voters who vote for individual candidates 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.

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

The following are null and void:

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

Permission to leave work to vote

Employees may obtain permission from their employers to exercise their civic rights and duties – in particular, to vote in legislative elections.

This permission to leave work in order to vote may not be counted against the employee's 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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