What do you actually do on Sundays? Do you sleep in, have a hearty breakfast and then, depending on the weather, go out into the countryside or stay at home? At least on election Sundays, you can also do something completely different. You can actively participate in the elections as an election worker and thus make an important contribution to our democracy!
The tasks of the volunteer election workers include, for example:
- Verification of eligibility to vote on the basis of the electoral roll
- Handing out the ballot papers
- Release of the ballot box for the insertion of the ballot paper
- Determination of the election result
Election workers must perform their duties impartially (e.g. they may not wear any sign indicating their own political convictions) and are obliged to maintain secrecy about matters that become known to them in the course of their official duties.
To prepare them for their work, election workers receive detailed information material and training.
Election workers receive a refreshment allowance for their work. The amount of the refreshment money varies depending on the effort and responsibility. A concrete description of the refreshment allowance will be published on www.wahlen.bremen.de shortly before the respective election.
Election workers who are members of the election committee must themselves be eligible to vote in the election in question.
For the elections to the Bremen Parliament and the election of the advisory boards in the area of the City of Bremen, the requirements are:
- German citizenship
- completion of the 16th year of life
- Main residence in the state of Bremen for at least three months (citizenship election) or in the area of the city of Bremen (advisory council election).
For the election to the German Bundestag the requirements are:
- German citizenship
- completion of the 18th year of life
- have been living in Germany for at least 3 months or usually reside there.
In the election to the European Parliament, the requirements are:
- German citizenship or citizenship of a member state of the European Union.
- Completion of the 18th year of life
- have been living in Germany or in another member state of the European Union for at least 3 months or usually reside there.
The activity as an election worker is voluntary. In principle, every person entitled to vote is obliged to accept voluntary work. It may be refused only for important reasons. In the following cases, for example, there is the right to refuse an activity as an election worker:in:
- on the day of the election the 65th year of life has been reached
- it can be made credible that the care for the family makes the exercise of the office in a special way difficult
- the office cannot be exercised due to illness, disability, urgent professional or other important reasons.
The existence of an important reason must be proven.
The following may not be appointed:
- Candidates for election
- Confidential representatives of the election proposals
- Members of other electoral bodies