Related to the borough assembly [Bezirksverordnetenversammlung; BVV]
Ausschuss: Working group (committee) of councillors convened to discuss specific topics and prepare decisions
Bezirk: Borough of Berlin with an autonomous administration
Bezirksamt: Political administration for the borough; governed by a mayor
Bezirksverordnete: Borough councillors; members of the BVV and thus the elected representatives in a borough
Bezirksverordnetenversammlung (BVV): Borough assembly; or the borough’s parliament
Fraktion: Parliamentary group
Resolution: Decision issued by the BVV
Related to the election:
Briefwahl: Postal vote (optional for all voters).
Stimmzettel: Ballot; a piece of paper on which a list of all candidates in the election is printed.
The voters select their candidate from the list and use this piece of paper to cast their vote in the election.
Wahlbenachrichtigung: Letter containing key information about the election (date, your polling station), sent by post
Wahlberechtigte: Persons entitled to vote
Wahllokal: Polling station
Wahlschein: Voting slip. A document required in order to register for a postal vote. It attests that the person in question is entitled to vote.
About the House of Representatives:
Abgeordnete: Elected representative
Abgeordnetenhaus: Berlin House of Representatives (Berlin is both a city and a federated state of Germany)
Senat: Senate of Berlin, the executive governing body of the city