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Only persons listed in a voters’ register may vote. Germans living abroad who do not have a registered domicile in Germany are called German expatriates. They are not automatically entered into a voters’ register. If German expatriates wish to participate in Bundestag elections, they have to submit a formal application for entry into the voters’ register before each election.
Please find further information on the following website: The Federal Returning Officer
Germans who are abroad temporarily (for instance while on a longer vacation) and still have a registered domicile in Germany will be entered ex officio into the voters’ register of their municipality. They may exercise their right to vote by postal ballot.