2021-09-26 18:46:27 Polls Close and Voting Ends in Tight Germany Race
Polls Close and Voting Ends in Tight Germany Race
The polls in Germany have now closed, and voters have been casting ballots for a new Parliament, which will ultimately determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the European Union’s most populous democracy after 16 years in office.
Early exit polls throughout the day indicated a close race between Ms. Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union and the center-left Social Democrats. Most polls had the Social Democrats slightly ahead, but at least one had the Christian Democrats ahead. They were bound by a couple.
The fact that nearly four out of ten voters have already mailed in their ballots complicates exit polling in this election.
The first results are expected within a few hours, but the final outcome may not be known until Monday.
Turnout was expected to exceed the 76 percent recorded in 2017, when the last national elections were held, indicating that the closest election in years was mobilizing voters.
“It’s a nail-biter,” said Andrea Römmele, dean of Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance.