Students from grades 9 to 12 learned how elections in parliament are run. The programme was part of a nationwide project which ran parallel to the 2017 federal elections. At more than 3500 schools in the Federal Republic of Germany and more than 50 German Schools Abroad, students were called upon to give their first and second votes. However, the results not have an effect on the result of the real German elections.
Results from the “Juniorwahl” at the DISDH
The results surprised even the demoscopes: Angela Merkel's CDU gets 28.7% of the second votes equal to the Green Party with their top candidate Katrin Göring-Eckhardt. Next in line is the SPD with only 12.6% of the vote with a visibly disappointed Martin Schulz, closely followed by the FDP with 10.3%. But the election evening had more surprises on hand. After all the votes were counted, it was clear that the AfD clearly missed its goal. With 2.3% of the votes, it is not enough for the opposition. Also DIE LINKE had a bitter evening with only 2.3% of the vote, they were not able to pass the 5% hurdle. The FREIE WÄHLER fared better with 4.6%.
Fortunately, at 96.7%, the electoral participation was very high.
Results of the Juniorwahl 2017
More deteiled results can be found here.