German turnout — As a measure of People Visiting Polling Places — Compared to the previous elections in 2017, Sundays have declined, officials said. However, that number can be misleading. If the mail ballots are counted, the number of participants can be very large.
By 2:00 pm, 37% of voters had voted directly, down from 41% in the same period in 2017, according to election officials. Voter turnout of over 76% recorded in 2017.
Despite the decline in face-to-face voting nationwide, there was a long line at polling stations in Berlin, and voters were also choosing candidates for local governments. Many polling stations reportedly lacked ballots and were unable to increase the number of votes due to the closure of many roads due to the Berlin Marathon, which is expected to have nearly 30,000 participants. ..
The risk is high as Chancellor Angela Merkel is poised to resign after 16 years in office. Opinion polls showed close competition between the Social Democratic Party and the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, which could increase turnout. The voting site remains open until 6 pm local time.
As with last year’s US presidential election, where close combat in some states was undecided for several days, numerous mail-voting votes are not expected to delay results. German officials should only count the mail ballots that arrived by Sunday and have a good idea by midnight which party won at the latest.