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German Federal Election: When was the Voter Turnout the highest?

Info by Ernst Egon | 2022-03-30 at 17:56

The highest voter turnout of the elections to the German Bundestag was in the 1970s. At that time, the turnout was over 90%. In 1972, Willy Brandt was elected to the Federal Chancellor with the historically highest turnout of 91.11%.

The following table lists the turnouts and the elected chancellors of all previous elections to the German Bundestag.

ElectionVoter TurnoutFederal Chancellor
194978,49 %Konrad Adenauer (CDU)
195385,99 %Konrad Adenauer (CDU)
195787,77 %Konrad Adenauer (CDU)
196187,74 %Konrad Adenauer (CDU)
196586,77 %Ludwig Erhard (CDU)
196986,67 %Willy Brandt (SPD)
197291,11 %Willy Brandt (SPD)
197690,75 %Helmut Schmidt (SPD)
198088,57 %Helmut Schmidt (SPD)
198389,09 %Helmut Kohl (CDU)
198784,33 %Helmut Kohl (CDU)
199077,76 %Helmut Kohl (CDU)
199478,97 %Helmut Kohl (CDU)
199882,20 %Gerhard Schröder (SPD)
200279,08 %Gerhard Schröder (SPD)
200577,65 %Angela Merkel (CDU)
200970,78 %Angela Merkel (CDU)
201371,55 %Angela Merkel (CDU)
201776,20 %Angela Merkel (CDU)
202176,60 %Olaf Scholz (SPD)

Since the 1970s, the voter turnout in Germany tends to take off and reached its preliminary low point in 2009 with only 70.78%. Also the following elections in 2013, 2017 and 2021 with 71.55%, 76.20% and 76.60% voting turnout marked only the second, third and fourth-deepest participation since the first election to the German Bundestag in 1949.


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