On Election Day
On 8 October 2017, all citizens of Luxembourg and foreign residents registered to vote in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are invited to cast their vote to elect members of the communal council for their commune.
The administration of the commune sends each voter a letter of invitation (lettre de convocation) containing all the information you need at least five days before the elections.
On Election Day, you must:
- arrive at the voting office of the commune in which you live between 8am and 2pm;
- have a valid identity document (identity card, passport).
Then you just need to go into the booth and cast your vote!
Postal voting is reserved for:
- voters who, for duly justified professional or personal reasons, are unable to be present in person at the voting office with which they are affiliated
- voters over 75 years old
Find out more: Ask for a postal vote for the communal elections
There are two different systems used to elect representatives:
- In communes with fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, elections are decided according to a system of relative majority. Each voter has as many votes as there are councillors to elect to the communal council. They vote by marking a cross (+ or x) in the box next to the name of one or several candidates, until they have used up all of their votes.
- In communes with 3,000 inhabitants or more, the elections are decided by voting on a list of candidates, according to proportional representation. Each voter has as many votes as there are councillors to elect. The voter can allocate one or two votes to each of the candidates, until they have used up all of their votes. Each cross (+ or x) marked in one of the two boxes behind the names of the candidates is worth a vote for that candidate.
For example, if 17 councillors are to be elected in the residence where you live, you have a maximum of 17 votes that you can distribute in the following way:
Another possibility is to mark a cross in the box at the top of a list, giving a vote to each of the candidates in that list:
If the list which receives your cross (+ or x) has fewer candidates than there are councillors to elect, you can allocate the remaining votes as you see fit. In the example below, one cross is placed at the top of a list with 12 candidates, giving them one vote per candidate. If there are 17 councillors to elect in your commune, then you’ve got 5 votes left to award to other candidates.
Important: If you have already placed a cross (+ or x) in the box at the top of a list, then you’ve already given one vote to all of the candidates on that list. As a result, you can only place one additional cross next to the candidates on this list.
If you put more crosses than there are representatives to elect, then your ballot paper is void.