On 18 September 2016, Berlin is going to vote – how about you?

On 18 September 2016, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote on who you want to shape politics in your district (Bezirk) for the next five years. This is your opportunity to vote for the members who will comprise the various district 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?

Each of Berlin’s 12 districts (Bezirke) has a district assembly, or BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung). The BVV is jointly responsible for the...
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Who is eligible to vote in the BVV elections?

You have the right to vote in your district’s BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) election if: you have German citizenship or are a...
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When, where and how is the BVV elected?

The election will be held in Berlin from 8 am to 6 pm on 18 September 2016. You will receive...
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How do I vote by post?

If you do not have time to register your vote on 18 September or are unable to go to the...
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Who is elected to the BVV?

A total of 55 parliamentarians (Bezirksverordnete) will be elected. These are members of parties and voters’ associations. Individuals are not permitted...
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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...
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What does the BVV do?

The BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) makes decisions for the district (Bezirk). The BVV decides up the budget plan, i.e. what the district...
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What does the BVV decide on?

The BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) is responsible for tasks at municipal level across and within districts (Bezirke), including: construction and landscape: green...
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Why does my opinion count for Berlin?

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