Right to Vote


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Overview of the franchise exclusions applying to persons with disabilities

Thuringia yes yes
Federal government / Land Right to vote for people with assigned Betreuung* extending over all matters Right to vote for residents of psychiatric hospitals who were involuntarily committed
Federal level yes yes
European Parliament election yes yes
Baden-Württemberg temporarily until 24.10.2021: yes yes
Bavaria yes yes
Berlin yes yes
Brandenburg yes Active franchise: yes

Passive franchise: no

Bremen yes yes
Hamburg yes yes
Hesse no yes
Lower Saxony yes yes
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern yes yes
North Rhine-Westphalia yes yes
Rhineland-Palatinate no Active franchise: yes

Passive franchise: no

Saarland no no
Saxony yes yes
Saxony-Anhalt no yes
Schleswig-Holstein yes Active franchise: yes

Passive franchise: no

Note: As a rule, the information provided for each of the Länder applies to elections to both the Land parliaments and local governments.

* Betreuung is a modified form of guardianship through which a court appoints a legal representative for specified groups of tasks (matters) without depriving the subject of legal capacity.

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