FAQ

When will the next European elections be held?

The European elections, which are held every five years, will take place on 26 May 2019.

I won’t be in Luxembourg on the day of the European elections. What should I do?

Anybody who is registered to vote in European elections in Luxembourg may vote by post if they prefer.

A postal vote application must be received by the local authority (commune) where the voter is required to vote:

  • No earlier than 12 weeks before the day of elections and no later than 2 May 2019, if the ballot paper is to be sent within Luxembourg;
  • No earlier than 12 weeks before the day of elections and no later than 16 April 2019, if the ballot paper is to be sent abroad.

Postal vote applications can be submitted electronically via myguichet.lu, or sent by post (either on plain paper or using a pre-printed form which can be obtained from the local authority in your place of residence)

Further information:

Applying for a postal vote for the European elections

Is it compulsory to vote?

Everybody entered on the electoral roll must vote. Voters cannot get someone else to vote on their behalf. A postal vote can be arranged upon request. 

Further information:

Applying to vote by post in European elections

If you cannot vote, you must inform the ‘procureur d'Etat’ responsible for your area, stating the reasons. 

Sample declaration of being unable to vote

The following are automatically exempted from the requirement to vote:

  • Voters who, at the time of the election, are living in a municipality other than the one in which they are required to vote;
  • Voters over 75.
Is it possible to vote by proxy?

No. Nobody who is registered to vote can ask another person to vote on their behalf.

I have just moved to a different municipality (commune). Will I still be registered?

Yes. The mayor of the municipality where you previously lived will have informed the local authority in your new area that you have moved. This will save you the inconvenience of reregistering.

What documents do I need to bring with me on the day of the European elections?

On election day, you should report to the polling station with your identity card or passport.

When will the polling station be open?

You may vote between 8am and 2pm.

Who is debarred from voting?
  • People who have been convicted of a criminal offence;
  • People who, as a result of criminal proceedings, have been deprived of the right to vote;
  • Adults for whom a guardian has been appointed.
Who can stand as a candidate?

In order to stand as a candidate in the European elections:

  • You must be a Luxembourg national or a national of another EU Member State;
  • You must not have been deprived of your civil rights or of the right to vote in Luxembourg or in your Member State of origin;
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the election;
  • If you are a Luxembourg national, you must be living in Luxembourg;
  • Nationals of other EU Member States must be living in Luxembourg and must have been living there when the list of candidates was submitted.

Further information:

Standing as a candidate in the European elections

For how long are Members of the European Parliament elected?

Members of the European Parliament are elected for a term of five years.

When is a ballot paper considered invalid?

Any ballot paper on which more votes have been cast than there are Members to be elected is invalid. The same applies to ballot papers on which no vote has been cast, those whose shape and dimensions have been altered, which contain an inserted piece of paper or any object, or from which the voter could potentially be identified by means of a sign, erasure or mark not authorised by law. Invalid ballot papers are not taken into account for the purpose of counting the votes.

If I am not a Luxembourg national but am living in Luxembourg, can I have my name deleted from the electoral roll?

Non-Luxembourgers can ask to have their names deleted from the electoral roll. In order to do so, they must apply to the local authority in the municipality where they live. Their names will be deleted automatically if they no longer meet the conditions required for the exercise of the right to vote (e.g. because they have moved away). Luxembourg nationals are required to vote.

Do I need to have my name deleted from the electoral roll if I am leaving Luxembourg permanently?

No. As soon as you inform the municipality where you have been living that you are leaving the country, you will no longer be officially resident in Luxembourg and will therefore automatically be removed from the electoral roll for European elections and local elections.

Is it possible to vote both in Luxembourg and in my country of origin?

Nationals of European Union countries residing in Luxembourg who are registered on the electoral roll in Luxembourg may not vote (by postal vote, for example) in the European elections in their country of origin.

What are the options for EU citizens with dual nationality?

Under Article 8 of the 1976 Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament, no person is permitted to vote more than once during the election of the Members of the European Parliament. It follows that EU citizens with dual nationality cannot vote in the two Member States of which they are nationals, but they can choose which State they wish to vote in.

However, if an EU citizen is a Luxembourg national, Article 89 of the Luxembourg Electoral Code requires him or her to exercise his or her right to vote in Luxembourg.

If voters have a physical or visual impairment, can they obtain assistance in voting?

If it is observed that a voter is visually impaired or disabled, the chief polling officer at the polling station will authorise that person to be accompanied by a guide or helper. The guide or helper may even cast the vote on the voter’s behalf if that is the only way in which the vote can be cast. The guide or helper of a visually impaired or disabled voter cannot be a candidate for election, a candidate’s relative or relative by marriage up to and including the second degree, hold a national, European or local elected office, be unable to read or write or be excluded from the electorate under Article 6 of the Electoral Law. The names of the voter and the guide or helper and the nature of the disability invoked must be recorded in the minutes.

Visually impaired voters are also permitted to vote by touch, using a touch-voting system provided by the statutory body. Visually impaired voters who come to vote without bringing the touch-voting device with them may use the device kept in reserve at the polling station, which they must return to the chief polling officer there after having voted.  A polling officer may accompany a visually impaired voter to a polling booth to help the voter to place the ballot inside the touch-voting device.

Where can I find the results of past elections?

You can find the results of the European elections of 1994 to 2014 on the site elections.public.lu:

Past European elections

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