News of the Federal Returning Officer no. 26/17 of September 19, 2017
2017 Bundestag Election: numbers of seats of the Länder
WIESBADEN – Converting votes into seats is done in two distribution stages comprising two calculation steps each. In the first calculation step of the first distribution stage, a specific number of seats is allocated to each Land on the basis of its share in the total population (Section 6 (2), first sentence, of the Federal Elections Act). In accordance with Section 6 (2), first sentence, of the Federal Elections Act, in conjunction with Section 3 (1) of the Federal Elections Act, this must be limited to the German population. Also, the most recent official population figures must be used (Section 78 (1), second sentence, no. 7 of the Federal Electoral Regulations). These are now available as at 31 May 2016.
Below you will find a table on how the numbers of seats of the Länder are determined on the basis of each Land's share in the total Population.
|Land||German population as at 31 May 2016||Divisor||Seats|
: 122,690 =
The population figures as at 30 June 2016 are expected to be available on 22 September 2017. Should these figures lead to changes in the numbers of seats of the Länder, we will immediately publish the facts in a press release.
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