2021-09-26 15:15:29 What Time Do Polls Open and Close in Germany Election?

What Time Do Polls Open and Close in Germany Election?

On Sunday, sixty million people will be able to vote in Germany’s national election. There will be no new government that night or the next day; it may take weeks or even months for the rival parties to reach an agreement on a coalition with a parliamentary majority. However, the votes are counted quickly, and the new contours of Germany’s political landscape are likely to be visible within hours.

Here’s what to expect on Election Day and what to look out for.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. Candidates are not permitted to campaign on this day, but some may be seen voting.

Polling stations close at 6 p.m. (noon Eastern). The first exit polls should be available soon after. These polls can be accurate to within a few percentage points of the final result. However, because the race is so close this year, it may be a few more hours before a clear picture emerges. Mail-in ballots, which have been part of Germany’s voting system since 1957, are expected to play a disproportionate role in the face of the pandemic, as they did in the US presidential election. Only mail-in ballots received by Sunday at 6 p.m. will be counted.

The first projections based on actual counted ballots will be released around 6:15 p.m. These are updated throughout the evening until a clear picture of which party is winning emerges.

8:15 p.m.: The leaders of all major parties meet to discuss the successes and failures of their campaigns, as well as who they would be willing to work with in a coalition government. This debate is known as the “Elephant Round,” and it lasts an hour.

From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., nearly all votes should be counted.

The election authorities release what they call the official temporary results very early in the morning. These usually arrive between 2 and 3 a.m., though they didn’t arrive until 5:30 a.m. during the last national election.

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What Time Do Polls Open and Close in Germany Election?