Which month is election day

Election to the 20th German Bundestag
on September 26, 2021

The German Bundestag is the representative body of the Federal Republic of Germany and, as the relevant legislative body, its most important body. It consists of members of the German people who are elected for four years in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections.

The election date

The Basic Law specifies the time frame in which a Bundestag election must take place (Article 39, Paragraph 1 of the Basic Law).

A new election will then take place no earlier than 46 and no later than 48 months after the start of the current electoral term. If the Bundestag electoral term ends prematurely, early elections must take place within 60 days of the decision to dissolve.

The electoral term of the 19th German Bundestag began with its constituent session on October 24, 2017. The election date must therefore be between Wednesday, August 25, 2021 and Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Election day must be a Sunday or a public holiday (Section 16 of the Federal Election Act). It is taken into account that the dates for federal elections do not collide with the main holiday periods, if possible.

The Federal President now has election day in coordination with the Federal GovernmentSunday September 26th 2021(see the order of the Federal President on the Federal Parliament election 2021 of December 8, 2020 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2769)).

Regardless of the election date, the elections for the representative assemblies may take place at the earliest 29 months after the beginning of the Bundestag electoral period March 25, 2020. The elections for the applicants themselves may be held at the earliest 32 months after the beginning of the election period, i.e. from June 25, 2020 (Section 21, Paragraph 3, Clause 3 of the Federal Election Act).


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