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Press release no. 48/21 of September 26, 2021

2021 Bundestag Election: voter turnout in ballot-box poll by 2 p.m. standing at 36.5 %

WIESBADEN/BERLIN – In today's Bundestag election, a 36.5 % voter turnout in the ballot-box poll, that is directly in the polling station, has been reached by 2 p.m. In the 2017 Bundestag Election, voter turnout had been 41.1 % at the same hour. This figure does however not include the votes cast by postal voters.

“The voter turnout now determined is lower than in 2017, as was expected, because we expect a markedly higher share of postal voters. Their voter turnout will be calculated later when determining the final election result”, said Federal Returning Officer Georg Thiel.

In cooperation with the Land returning officers, the Federal Returning Officer has determined this intermediate voter turnout for all of Germany on the basis of the voter turnout in selected polling stations. He thanks all poll workers who help to ensure the proper conduct of the election. “By doing this voluntary activity, the many poll workers are doing a service to our democracy and, therefore, to all of us.”

The Federal Returning Officer calls on all those entitled to vote who have not yet cast their votes to exercise their right to vote. The polling stations are open until 6 p.m. In the last Bundestag election of 2017, voter turnout had been 76.2 % according to the official final result.

 

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