Germany goes to the polls – I already went

It’s done. I managed to – hopefully correct – put the Stimmzettel in the Stimmzettelumschlag, which then, together with the Eidesstaatliche Versicherung, had  to go in the Wahlbriefumschlag.

Wahlbriefumschlag

Phew! A couple of weeks ago I saw the voting in Bhutan. There people just had to press one out of two buttons.

Even more complicated than voting itself is figuring out how to do it when you are a de-registered german citizen. First I thought I could easily walk into the embassy on the 22nd of September, but when I asked, they transferred me to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry issued a – very lengthy – notice, which on three out of four pages didn’t give away the valuable information I was seeking for. Only on the fourth page I found the crucial link for the application form.

The completed form then had to be sent – by mail of course, not electronically – to the relevant authority for “Eintragung in das Wählerverzeichnis”. The officials dealing with the case are the ones in the municipal body where one has lived before moving out of Germany.

Side note: Germans who never lived in Germany and don’t have any attachment with a place or bonds like a working place, have to vote in the native municipal of their ancestors. And who is working for a German Embassy, is according to that most connected to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and votes in the district office of central Berlin.

Now the letter is on it’s way. Given the time it took the application form to reach Berlin, the Wahlbrief might reach the Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin just in time.

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