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Election Explainer

July 21, 2005

How does the German voting system work? How did this year's election differ from previous ones? Read DW-WORLD's election explainer for all the answers.

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On the surface, the German electoral system is similar to that of most other Western countries. When Germans go to their polling stations -- often in schools or other public buildings on Sunday -- they select candidates for parliament from a multiple-choice ballot.

DW-WORLD's selection of background articles shows how the election system works, what past elections have shown and why this year's election was more complicated than previous ones.