Elections in Schleswig-Holstein 2022

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May 17, 2022

The election in Schleswig-Holstein 2022 was the 20th election to Schleswig-Holstein's Landtag and took place on 8 May 2022.

Electoral system

First and second voices

The Landtag in Schleswig-Holstein basically consists of 69 members. These are chosen according to a personalized ratio choice. The election period is five years, and starts at the newly elected Landtag's first meeting. At the election, each person entitled to vote has two votes, similar to the election to the Bundestag. One vote (first vote) goes to a person in the constituency. The winner of the personal elections in the 35 constituencies (direct seats) always enters the state assembly. The second vote goes to one party, and the remaining 34 seats are distributed according to the balance of power between the parties. It is the second vote that will determine the parties' balance of power in parliament.

Profit and equalization mandates

If a party wins more constituencies than the party's share of the second votes would indicate, the party retains these seats (surplus seats). These surplus mandates are then compensated to the other parties with equalization mandates, so that the balance of power between the groups nevertheless becomes as the distribution of the other votes dictates.

Barring limit, exception for Südschleswigsche Wählerverband (SSW)

Parties that are to be met with equalization mandates must have obtained at least 5% of the votes cast (barring limit).

Voting rights

German citizens who have turned 16 on election day and who have lived in the state for at least six weeks without having a home outside it have the right to vote.

Selectability

Eligible are all German citizens who have turned 18 on election day, and who have their permanent residence in the state.

Election result

The CDU was a representative from having a majority in the state parliament. AfD dropped out of parliament. Die Linke on the left also lost compared to previous elections.

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