On election day
On 26 May 2019, all Luxembourg nationals and all foreign nationals resident in Luxembourg who are entered on the electoral roll in the Grand Duchy are expected to go to a polling station to elect six representatives from Luxembourg to sit in the European Parliament.
At least five days before the elections, voters will receive a letter from their municipal authority stating the date of the elections and the opening hours of the polling station. The letter will also contain instructions for voters and the list of candidates.
On election day you will need to:
- Go to the polling station in the municipality (‘commune’) where you live between 8am and 2pm;
- Take with you a valid identity document (ID card or passport).
Then you need only to enter the polling booth and make your choice.
Anybody who is entered on the electoral roll for European elections in Luxembourg may vote by post if they prefer.
A request for a postal vote must be received by the local authority (commune) where the voter is required to vote
- No earlier than 12 weeks before the date of elections and no later than 02 May 2019, if the ballot paper is to be sent within Luxembourg;
- No earlier than 12 weeks before the date 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 for the area where you live).
In the case of elections to the European Parliament, there are six seats to be filled by Members elected in Luxembourg, who will serve for a term of five years.
It is the task of political parties to draw up lists of candidates. The elections are direct: voters elect Members directly, without any intermediary.
Each voter has as many votes as there are Members to be elected, i.e. six.
You may vote either:
- by voting for a list of candidates
One possibility is to place a cross (+ or x) in the box at the top of a list, thus casting one vote for each candidate on the list.
If the list above which you have placed a cross (+ or x) consists of fewer than six candidates, you can cast your remaining votes for any other candidate(s) you like. In the example below, a cross has been placed at the top of a list with four candidates, equivalent to one vote per candidate. The voter would have two more votes to cast, which could be assigned to other individual candidates.
NB: If you have placed a cross (+ or x) in the box at the top of a list, you have already voted for all the candidates on the list, so you can only place an additional cross after the name of a candidate on that list.
Your ballot paper will be considered invalid if you place more crosses on it than there are representatives to be elected.
- or by voting for individual named candidates
Another option is to cast either one vote or two for individual candidates, while not casting more than six votes in total. Each cross (+ or x) placed in one of the two boxes after the name of a candidate represents a vote for that candidate. Under the ‘panachage’ system, it is possible to vote for individual candidates from different lists, representing different parties.