See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

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Voter turnout data for Germany

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Germany. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Parliamentary

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2013
71.55%
44,289,652
61,903,903
66.04%
67,068,214
81,147,265
1.55%
 No
2009
70.78%
44,005,575
62,168,489
64.61%
68,114,735
81,837,700
1.44%
 No
2005
77.65%
48,044,134
61,870,711
71.99%
66,738,702
82,431,390
1.60%
 No
2002
79.08%
48,582,761
61,432,868
73.46%
66,136,352
83,029,536
1.20%
 No
1998
82.20%
49,947,087
60,762,751
75.32%
66,313,874
82,172,259
1.60%
 No
1994
78.97%
47,737,999
60,452,009
72.39%
65,942,100
81,410,000
1.30%
 No
1990
77.76%
46,995,915
60,436,560
73.10%
64,285,650
79,365,000
1.10%
 No
1987
84.33%
38,225,294
45,327,982
75.02%
50,954,310
64,499,127
0.90%
 No
1983
89.09%
39,279,529
44,088,935
80.95%
48,522,590
61,421,000
0.90%
 No
1980
88.57%
38,292,176
43,231,741
81.84%
46,786,360
61,561,000
0.90%
 No
1976
90.75%
38,165,753
42,058,015
83.84%
45,519,620
61,513,000
0.90%
 No
1972
91.11%
37,761,589
41,446,302
88.74%
42,552,300
61,670,000
0.80%
 No
1969
86.67%
33,523,064
38,677,235
79.86%
41,979,600
60,840,000
1.70%
 No
1965
86.77%
33,416,207
38,510,395
80.86%
41,328,000
59,040,000
2.40%
 No
1961
87.74%
32,849,624
37,440,715
86.86%
37,820,300
54,029,000
4%
 No
1957
87.77%
31,072,894
35,400,923
87.57%
35,484,630
51,427,000
3.80%
 No
1953
85.99%
28,479,550
33,120,940
80.57%
35,346,630
51,227,000
3.30%
 No
1949
78.49%
24,495,614
31,207,620
76.46%
32,035,480
47,111,000
3.10%
 No

EU Parliament

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Population
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfil a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2014
48.14%
29,843,798
61,998,824
44.57%
66,952,598
80,996,685
1.64%
 No
2009
43.27%
26,923,614
62,222,873
39.53%
68,114,735
81,837,700
2.20%
 No
2004
43.00%
26,523,104
61,682,394
39.84%
66,575,797
82,531,671
2.80%
 No
1999
45.21%
27,472,760
60,766,241
42.02%
65,374,106
82,037,011
 No
1994
60.02%
36,295,529
60,473,927
56.12%
64,670,194
81,338,093
 No
1989
62.30%
28,516,691
45,773,179
1984
56.80%
25,248,725
44,451,981
1979
65.70%
28,088,025
42,751,940