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German federal election, 1871

German federal election, 1871

3 March 1871 (1871-03-03)

All 382 seats in the Reichstag
192 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 52.0%
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party NLP Centre KP
Seats won 125 63 57
Popular vote 1,171,000 724,000 549,000
Percentage 30.1% 18.6% 14.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party DFP DRP LRP
Seats won 46 37 30
Popular vote 342,000 346,000 281,000
Percentage 8.8% 8.9% 7.2%
This article is part of a series on the
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Foreign relations

The first Federal elections were held in Germany on 3 March 1871.[1] The National Liberal Party emerged as the largest party in the Reichstag, with 125 of the 382 seats.[2] Voter turnout was just 52.0%.[1]

Results

Party Votes % Seats
National Liberal Party 1,171,000 30.1 125
Centre Party 724,000 18.6 63
German Conservative Party 549,000 14.1 57
German Reich Party 346,000 8.9 37
German Progress Party 342,000 8.8 46
Imperial Liberal Party 281,000 7.2 30
Polish Party 176,000 4.6 13
Social Democratic Party 124,000 3.2 2
German-Hanoverian Party 52,000 1.4 6
Danish Party 25,000 0.7 1
German People's Party 19,000 0.5 1
Others 79,000 2.0 1
Invalid/blank votes 275,500
Total 4,163,500 100 382
Registered voters/turnout 7,656,200 52.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, DGDB
Popular Vote
NLP
  
30.30%
Zentrum
  
18.09%
KP
  
14.16%
DFP
  
8.99%
DRP
  
8.93%
LRP
  
6.97%
Poles
  
4.34%
ADAV
  
1.48%
SDAP
  
1.22%
Other
  
5.52%
Reichstag seats
NLP
  
32.72%
Zentrum
  
16.49%
KP
  
14.92%
DFP
  
12.04%
DRP
  
9.69%
LRP
  
7.85%
Poles
  
3.40%
SDAP
  
0.52%
Other
  
2.36%

References

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p762 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p788
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