Federal election 2021: a lot of postal votes and more influence from older people

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The plenary hall in the German Bundestag.

WIESBADEN (dpa-AFX) – Last autumn’s federal election was characterized by an extremely high proportion of postal voters. “47.3 percent of all voters cast their votes by letter,” said Federal Returning Officer Georg Thiel on Thursday in Wiesbaden at the presentation of the election statistics. Overall, more women than men applied for a postal vote.

As the statistics also showed, the total voter turnout of 76.6 percent increased slightly compared to the 2017 federal election (76.2 percent). The 50 to 59 year olds participated the most with 80.2 percent. Young people went to the polls more often than before: By far the highest increase in voter turnout was recorded among 21 to 29 year olds with an increase of 3.9 percentage points.

In the federal elections on September 26, the SPD emerged as the strongest party. Four months later, the Federal Returning Officer presented detailed statistics: This also shows that older people have gained influence. 39 percent of the voters were 60 years and older at the time of the election. That was three percentage points more than in the last federal election in 2017. In contrast, the proportion of 30 to 59 year olds fell by two percentage points to 47 percent and the proportion of 18 to 29 year olds by one percentage point to 14 percent.


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