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Procedure descriptions

Electoral roll (mayoral election) - apply for registration as a returnee

An official electoral roll is kept by the municipality for each electoral district. All citizens who are entitled to vote on election day are entered in this register.

However, persons who are entitled to vote as returnees are not automatically registered by the municipality. They must apply to be entered on the electoral roll.

Responsible department

the city or municipality in which you have your main residence



You are a returnee if you have

  • have not yet had your main residence in the municipality for three months and had lost your right to vote because you
    • had moved away from the municipality or
    • Had moved your main place of residence, and
  • return to the municipality within three years and re-establish your main residence.


You can apply for entry on the electoral roll in writing to the competent office. Applicants who are unable to complete and submit the application themselves (e.g. due to a disability) may be assisted by another person.

Note: The municipalities sometimes provide application forms, depending on what the municipality offers depending on what the municipality offers, they can also be downloaded from the internet

If registration is possible, you will receive an election notification as soon as possible. You can also apply for a ballot paper.
If your application is not successful, you will be notified as soon as possible


You can submit the application up to 21 days before the election at the latest.

Required documents

  • in most cases: none, as you are returning to the same municipality
  • The competent authority may request further documents, e.g. proof of
    • the date of your departure or transfer of your main residence from the municipality, and
    • Your right to vote at that time



Processing time

Your application will be processed as soon as possible.


Bürger- und Standesamt (Bürgeramt)
Grabenstraße 15
89522 Heidenheim an der Brenz
Fax (0 73 21) 3 23-33 32