North Rhine-Westphalia will elect a new state parliament on May 15th. At FOCUS Online you can find out from when and for how long the polling stations are open on Sunday.

Two state parliaments have already been elected this year. On March 27th in Saarland and on May 8th in Schleswig-Holstein. Now the time has come in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday. But when will the polling stations open to eligible voters?

Polling stations open at 8 a.m. on Sunday and close at 6 p.m. However, those who have already voted by post in advance are much more flexible when casting their votes.

Many citizens of North Rhine-Westphalia seem to have taken advantage of this opportunity. Many large cities recorded significantly more postal voting applications in the run-up to the election than in the 2017 state election. In the state capital, for example, 123,668 postal ballot applications were received by the electoral office by May 6 than in the entire state election five years ago, such as the city of Düsseldorf announced on Tuesday.

Cologne reported a postal vote record: Around 254,000 people had already applied for postal voting in the cathedral city, more than ever before in a state election, a spokesman for the city said. Around 65 percent of the documents have already been returned. In total there are around 730,000 voters in Cologne.

You can read more about the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on the topic page.