Voting in referendums

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On questions affecting society at large, the government sometimes wishes to obtain the people's opinion or approval through a vote to modify a law, or even the constitution.

This process is called a referendum.

Who is concerned?

Voters whose names are on the electoral rolls for legislative elections on the day of the referendum.

This includes people who:

  • are of Luxembourg nationality;
  • are at least 18 years of age on the day of the election;
  • enjoy their civil and political rights;
  • reside in Luxembourg;

Voters may participate in the referendum by postal vote.

Only persons who actually have the right to vote may participate in the referendum (for example: a person who has been stripped of the right to vote due to a final court decision cannot participate in the vote).

Prerequisites

Voters must be listed in the electoral rolls for legislative elections on the day of the referendum to be eligible to vote.

Luxembourg citizens residing abroad, who are entitled to vote due to their Luxembourg nationality, may participate in the vote by postal voting.

How to proceed

Voter information and poll cards

Voters are informed that a referendum is to be held through the placing of a notice on 3 occasions in 3 Luxembourg daily newspapers.

In addition, each commune also informs their voters residing within their limits of the place, day and time where the text being voted on in the referendum can be consulted. This information must be:

  • communicated 15 days before the vote;
  • by any means but by way of display in any case;
  • drawn up in at least one of the country’s 3 administrative languages, i.e. Luxembourgish, French or German.

The place and time can be freely set by the commune but:

  • it must be at least 6 hours per week;
  • Saturdays must be one of the opening days.

The board of the mayor and aldermen sends, at least 5 days ahead of the vote, a poll card to each voter which indicates:

  • the date;
  • the start and end times of the voting;
  • the place where the referendum is held;
  • if there are multiple polling stations, the designation of the one where the voter is called to vote.
  • the instructions and models of the question(s).

At each polling office, the text being voted on in the referendum must be posted.

Mandatory voting

Voting is mandatory for all voters on the electoral rolls except for:

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

Those who are unable to vote 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.

Voters may not be represented by proxy.

Postal voting

Voters registered on the electoral rolls for the legislative elections can request to vote by post in the referendum.

Voting procedure

Voters may vote from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Voters who are in the premises of the polling station before 14.00 are allowed to vote.

Voters are not allowed to vote if they are not registered on the commune's electoral rolls for legislative elections. If they are not registered, they may still be allowed to vote if they present a decision by the mayor of the commune, their deputy or a judicial authority stating that they have the right to vote in the commune.

Voters must show their identity card or passport.

Voters who do not have their identity card or passport may be allowed to vote if their identity and status are recognised by the polling office.

The voter receives their poll card.

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 in a way that reveals how they voted. If this happens, the chief polling officer will take the unfolded ballot, immediately cancel and destroy it, and invite 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 be immediately 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.

Voters who:

  • are blind or disabled are authorised by the electoral chairman:
    • to be accompanied by a personal guide or any other assistant;
    •  to have their guide/assistant cast the vote in their place if they are not in a position to cast the vote themselves;
  • the visually impaired are authorised to vote by using the tactile voting template provided to them prior to the elections. Failing this, they 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.

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

Ballot validity

Each voter has one vote per question asked.

Voters must fill out the ballot in the following manner:

  • either by filling in one of the 2 boxes on the ballot next to each question;
  • or by marking a cross (+ or x) in one of the two boxes next to each question.

Each filled box, even if only in part, or marked with a cross, even imperfectly, is deemed a valid vote, unless it becomes obvious that it is the voter's intent to become recognisable with the ballot paper.

Voters may express their votes using a pencil, a ballpoint pen or similar writing implement.

The following ballots will be deemed null and void:

  • ballots other than those provided by the commune; or
  • those expressing more than one vote per question asked; or
  • those whose shape and dimensions have been altered; or
  • those containing any piece of paper or other foreign object; or
  • those whose authors may be rendered recognisable by a sign, a deletion or a mark not authorised by law.

Ballots containing no votes are considered blank.

However, ballots that express fewer votes than there are questions are valid. In other words, voters are not required to answer every question asked.

Appeals against voting operations

Any voter may lodge an appeal against voting operations with the Administrative Court (Cour administrative).

Appeals must be lodged within 5 days of the date of publication of the results in the official journal (Mémorial).

Requests for appeal must be dated and contain:

  • the given names and surname and domicile of the applicant;
  • a brief statement of the facts and reasons for the request;
  • the applicant's claims;
  • a list of documents the applicant intends to use as evidence.

If a referendum is definitively declared null and void, the Grand Duke will set a date for a new vote within 8 days. The new vote must be held within 6 months, unless:

  • legislative or European elections are scheduled to take place within that same period: in that case, the period shall be extended by 6 months; or
  • if the 6-month period coincides with a 3-month period preceding or following legislative or European elections.

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Who to contact

Administrations communales

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  • Beaufort

    Address:
    9, rue de l'Eglise L-6315 Beaufort Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 86 93 88
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 16.30 (fermé jeudi après-midi) / Mercredi: ouvert jusqu'à 20.00
  • Bech

    Address:
    1, Enneschtgaass L-6230 Bech Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 06 74
    Email address:
    bech@pt.lu
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.00 - 17.00 (fermé lundi après-midi); jeudi: 13.00 - 19.00 (pendant les vacances scolaires ouvert jusqu'à 17.00)
  • Beckerich

    Address:
    6, Dikrecherstrooss L-8523 Beckerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 62 91 62
    Lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 08.30 - 12.00; mercredi: 08.30 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 17.45
  • Berdorf

    Address:
    5, rue de Consdorf L-6551 Berdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 91 89
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 ; lundi à mercredi: 14.00 - 16.00; jeudi: 14.00 - 19.00
  • Bertrange

    Address:
    2, beim Schlass L-8058 Bertrange Luxembourg
    B.P. 28 L-8005 Bertrange
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 31 27 57
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.00 - 16.00
  • Bettembourg

    Address:
    13, rue du Château L-3217 Bettembourg Luxembourg
    B.P. 29 L-3201 Bettembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 80 80-601
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 / "Biergerzenter": ouvert jeudi jusqu'à 19.00
  • Bettendorf

    Address:
    1, rue Neuve L-9353 Bettendorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 92 34
    Lundi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 18.45; mardi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 (fermé mercredi)
  • Betzdorf

    Address:
    11, rue du Château L-6922 Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 2 L-6901 Roodt/Syre
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 00 82
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.30 - 16.30
    (bureau de la population et état civil) / Uniquement sur RDV: lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 16.30 - 17.00; mercredi: 07.00 - 08.00
  • Bissen

    Address:
    1, rue des Moulins L-7784 Bissen Luxembourg
    B.P. 25 L-7703 Bissen
    Fax:
    (+352) 85 97 63
    Lundi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 18.30 (seulement service population);
    mardi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.30 (jeudi matin fermé)
  • Biwer

    Address:
    6, Kiirchestrooss L-6834 Biwer Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 71 90 25
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30
    (fermé le 1er mercredi de chaque mois le matin, ouvert le 1er mercredi de chaque mois l'après-midi de 14.00 - 18.00)
  • Boulaide

    Address:
    3, rue de la Mairie L-9640 Boulaide Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 36 92
    Lundi, jeudi: 14.00 - 17.00; mardi, mercredi, vendredi: 08.30 - 12.00
  • Bourscheid

    Address:
    1, Schlassweee L-9140 Bourscheid Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 03 57-565
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00; lundi: 14.00 - 18.00; mardi à vendredi: 14.00 - 16.00 (sauf mercredi)
  • Bous-Waldbredimus

    Address:
    20, rue Luxembourg L-5408 Bous Luxembourg
    Phone:
    (+352) 28 86 04 01
    Biergerzenter
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 86 04 109
    Autres services : veuillez fixer un rendez-vous pendant les heures de bureau habituelles
  • Clervaux

    Address:
    Montée du Château L-9712 Clervaux Luxembourg
    B.P. 35 L-9701 Clervaux
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 800-900
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30; mardi à vendredi: 14.00 - 16.30
    mercredi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 (uniquement bureau de la population, sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Colmar-Berg

    Address:
    5, rue de la Poste L-7730 Colmar-Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-7701 Colmar-Berg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 55 43-225
    Lundi à jeudi: 08.00 - 12.00; mercredi: 13.00 - 17.00 (fermé vendredi)
  • Consdorf

    Address:
    8, route d'Echternach L-6212 Consdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 04 31
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 16.00; mardi ouvert jusqu'à 18.00
  • Contern

    Address:
    4, Place de la Mairie L-5310 Contern Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 35 72 36
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.15 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.30 ou sur rendez-vous entre 07:00 et 08:15 et 16:30 et 18:30
  • Dalheim

    Address:
    Gemengeplaz L-5680 Dalheim Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 60 53-50
    fermé lundi et vendredi l'après-midi
    un rendez-vous peut être pris pour les démarches administratives urgentes
  • Diekirch

    Address:
    27, avenue de la Gare L-9233 Diekirch Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-9202 Diekirch
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 87 80-250
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 / Bureau de la population et état civil: mercredi jusqu'à 18.00
  • Differdange

    Address:
    40, avenue Charlotte L-4530 Differdange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-4501 Differdange
    Fax:
    (+352) 58 77 1-1210
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.30 / "Biergeramt" aussi ouvert samedi matin: 09.00 - 11.00
  • Dippach

    Address:
    11, rue de l'Eglise L-4994 Schouweiler Luxembourg
    B.P. 59 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 95 25-299
    Email address:
    commune@dippach.lu
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 17.00; lundi ouvert jusqu'à 18.00; mercredi ouvert à partir de 07.30
  • Dudelange

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3590 Dudelange Luxembourg
    B.P. 73 L-3401 Dudelange
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 61 21-299
    Lundi, mardi et vendredi : 8.00-12.00 et 13.00-17.00 ; Mercredi : 8.00-12.00 et 13.00-19.00 ; Jeudi : 8.00-17.00
  • Echternach

    Address:
    2, place du Marché L-6460 Echternach Luxembourg
    B.P. 22 L-6401 Echternach
    Fax:
    (+352) 72 92 22-51
    Lundi à jeudi: 08.30 -11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 ; vendredi: 08.30 - 13.00 heures / Bureau de la population et état civil: lundi ouvert jusqu’à 19.00
  • Ell

    Address:
    27, Haaptstrooss L-8530 Ell Luxembourg
    B.P. 9 L-8501 Redange/Attert
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 62 38-55
    Lundi, mercredi, vendredi: 08.15 - 11.45; jeudi: 13.30 - 18.00
  • Erpeldange sur Sûre

    Address:
    21, Porte des Ardennes L-9145 Erpeldange-sur-Sûre Luxembourg
    B.P. 39 L-9001 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 97 08
    Lundi: 07.30 - 11.30 et 13.00 - 18.00; mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 07.30 - 11.30 et 13.00 - 16.30 ; fermé au public le mercredi
  • Esch sur Alzette

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette
    Fax:
    (+352) 54 35 14 667
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 17.00 ("Biergeramt")
  • Esch-sur-Sûre

    Address:
    1, an der Gaass L-9150 Eschdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 91 12-25
    Lundi à jeudi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.00 - 16.30 ; lundi ouvert jusqu'à 18.30, vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30
  • Ettelbruck

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-9087 Ettelbruck Luxembourg
    B.P. 116 L-9002 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 91 81-364
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.30; mercredi ouvert jusqu'à 18.30
  • Feulen

    Address:
    25, route de Bastogne L-9176 Niederfeulen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 79 08
    Lundi, mardi, mercredi et vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 (fermé jeudi matin et vendredi après-midi); lundi: 13.00 - 16.00; mercredi: 13.00-17.00; jeudi: 13.00 - 18.00
  • Fischbach

    Address:
    1, rue de l'Eglise L-7430 Fischbach Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 32 70 84-50
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 18.00
  • Flaxweiler

    Address:
    1, rue de Berg L-6926 Flaxweiler Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 08 33
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.00 - 17.00
  • Frisange

    Address:
    10, Munnerëferstrooss L-5701 Frisange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-5701 Aspelt
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 66 06 88
    fermé vendredi après-midi
  • Garnich

    Address:
    15, rue de l'Ecole L-8353 Garnich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 38 00 19 90
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30-11.30; lundi: 14.00 - 18.00; mardi, mercredi, vendredi: 14.00 - 16.00, fermé jeudi après-midi
  • Goesdorf

    Address:
    1, Op der Driicht L-9653 Goesdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 89 91 73
    Lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16-30; chaque 2ième mardi soir de 16.30 à 18:30; mercredi fermé
  • Grevenmacher

    Address:
    6, Place du Marché L-6755 Grevenmacher Luxembourg
    B.P. 5 L-6701 Grevenmacher
    Fax:
    (+352) 75 03 11-80
  • Grosbous-Wahl

    Address:
    1, rue de Bastogne L-9154 Grosbous Luxembourg
    B.P. 7 L-9006 Grosbous
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 86 55
  • Habscht

    Address:
    Place Denn L-8465 Eischen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 01 33-209
    Maison communale à Eischen: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00; lundi, jeudi, vendredi: 13.00 - 17.00; mardi: 13.00 - 19.00; mercredi fermé /Bureau communal à Hobscheid: mercredi: 10.00 - 12.00 / Bureau communal à Septfontaines: mercredi: 13.30 - 16.30
  • Heffingen

    Address:
    2, am Duerf L-7651 Heffingen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 97 54
  • Helperknapp

    Address:
    2, rue de Hollenfels L-7481 Tuntange Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 80 40-299
    Lundi 08h00 - 11h30 / mardi 07h00 - 11h30 et 13h30 - 16h30 / mercredi 08h00 - 11h30 et 13h30 - 16h30 (* nocturne tous les premiers mercredis du mois jusqu'à 18h30 / jeudi 08h00 - 11h30 et 13h30 - 16h30 (** jeudi après-midi uniquement sur rendez-vous) / vendredi 08h00 - 11h30.
  • Hesperange

    Address:
    474, route de Thionville L-5886 Hesperange Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-5801 Hesperange
    Fax:
    (+352) 36 00 06
    Lundi à vendredi: 07.45 - 11.45 et 13.30 - 17.00; jeudi ouvert jusqu'à 18.00
  • Junglinster

    Address:
    12, rue de Bourglinster L-6112 Junglinster Luxembourg
    B.P. 14 L-6101 Junglinster
    Fax:
    (+352) 78 83 19
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.00 - 16.30 / Bureau de la population: ouvert jeudi jusqu'à 19.00 (sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Käerjeng

    Address:
    24, rue de l'Eau L-4920 Bascharage Luxembourg
    B.P. 50 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 50 05 52 399
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.00 (ou sur RDV)
  • Kayl

    Address:
    4, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3674 Kayl Luxembourg
    B.P. 56 L-3601 Kayl
    Fax:
    (+352) 56 33 23
  • Kehlen

    Address:
    15, rue de Mamer L-8280 Kehlen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 91 91-200
    Lundi à vendredi: 07.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.00
  • Kiischpelt

    Address:
    7, op der Gare L-9776 Wilwerwiltz Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 92 06 15
    Lundi à vendredi: 09.00 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30
  • Koerich

    Address:
    2, rue du Château L-8385 Koerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 73 62
  • Kopstal

    Address:
    28, rue de Saeul L-8189 Kopstal Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 04 15
    Lundi à vendredi: 07h30 - 12h00 et 13h30 - 16h00
  • Lac de la Haute-Sûre

    Address:
    7, Duerfstrooss L-9635 Bavigne Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 35 53
    Lundi, vendredi: 08.00 -11.30; mardi, jeudi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.30 (fermé mercredi)
  • Larochette

    Address:
    33, chemin J.A. Zinnen L-7626 Larochette Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 96 46
    Service population: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 17.00, lundi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 / Sécrétariat et état civil: lundi à vendredi de 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 à 17.00
  • Lenningen

    Address:
    3, rue de l'Église L-5414 Canach Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 35 97 36
    Bureau de la population et service de l'état civil : lundi à vendredi : de 08h00 à 12h00 et de 13h00 à 16h00 ; sur rendez-vous préalable les mardi et jeudi : de 07h00 à 08h00 et le mercredi : de 16h00 à 18h00
  • Leudelange

    Address:
    5, Place des Martyrs L-3361 Leudelange Luxembourg
    B.P. 32 L-3205 Leudelange
    Fax:
    (+352) 37 92 92 50
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30 et 13.30 - 16.00; jeudi ouvert jusqu'à 18.30
  • Lintgen

    Address:
    2, rue de Diekirch L-7440 Lintgen Luxembourg