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First official numbers on voter turnout:

The Federal Returning Officer announced that until 14.00, 41.9 % of all eligible voters have cast their ballots. This is slightly less than in 2002, when 42.8 % did so until 14.00. In 2002, total voter turnout was 79.1 %.

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 10:00:39 AM EST
I was surprised, when I read that as well, but the articles in Sueddeutsche and Spiegel both give areas were voter turnout seems to be higher and were it is lower - so Bavaria lower, but Munich higher.

Therefore, an area that is traditionally voting for CSU has a lower turn out and an area that is tradtionally voting SPD has a higher turnout.

that still might lead to a lower overall figure.

of course, all this is fantasy land...

by PeWi on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 10:05:06 AM EST
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but since the proportional seats are allocated based on percentages within landen, a higher turnout in SPD regions would not, necessarily, be rewarded with more seats, even if it pushes up the SPD percentage nationally (and vice-versa for CDU-CSU), right?
by desmoulins (gsb6@lycos.com) on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 10:25:07 AM EST
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