On 26 September 2021, Berlin is going to vote – and you have the chance to go to the polls too!

On 26 September 2021, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote on who you want to shape politics in your borough for the next five years.  

This is your opportunity to vote for the members who will comprise the various borough assemblies [Bezirksverordnetenversammlung; BVV].  

You can vote at a polling station or register for a postal vote.   

Find out how it works, what the vote means and why it is worth going to the polls below.  

What is the purpose of this vote?

What is the purpose of this vote?

Each of Berlin’s 12  boroughs has a borough assembly or BVV. The BVV is jointly responsible for the autonomous administration and governing of the boroughs.   Many of the issues...

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Who is eligible to vote in the BVV elections?

Who is eligible to vote in the BVV elections?

You have the right to vote in your borough’s BVV election if:   You have German citizenship or are a citizen of any other member state of the...

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When, where and how is the BVV elected?

When, where and how is the BVV elected?

The election will be held from 8 am to 6 pm on 26 September 2021 in all of Berlin’s boroughs.   You...

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You are not in Berlin on election day?

You are not in Berlin on election day?

You don't have time on election day or can't go to the polling station? No problem: You have two options: ...

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Who is elected to the BVV?

Who is elected to the BVV?

A total of 55 parliamentarians will be elected. These are members of parties and voters’ associations. Individuals are not permitted to stand as candidates at the BVV election. The parties and voters’ associations have to compile a list specifying...

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What are the working procedures of the elected representatives of the BVV?

What are the working procedures of the elected representatives of the BVV?

In every parliament, the elected representatives divide up their work. This is because it is not possible for each representative to take care...

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What does the BVV do?

What does the BVV do?

The BVV deliberates and discusses all issues that affect the borough. If the BVV wants to implement a particular concern,...

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What does the BVV decide on?

What does the BVV decide on?

The BVV is responsible for tasks at municipal level across and within boroughs, including: Construction and landscape: green areas, road traffic, housing, the transfer of specific operations to private companies,...

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Why does your opinion count for Berlin?

Why does your opinion count for Berlin?

In elections, politicians are called to account: when voters are not (or no longer) satisfied with the government, it is likely that it will...

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What happens between elections?

What happens between elections?

An election does not make a democracy. A democracy only functions when citizens participate in decision-making processes between the elections. There are countless...

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