By Jan Kühn, October 2022
For decades, Germany had very high voter turnouts of up to 91% (1972) in its federal elections (Bundestagswahlen). But since 1987 and with some ups and downs, numbers have declined significantly to around 77% in the latest elections in 2021. In elections in federal states (Bundesländer) and on the local level (Kommunalwahlen) these numbers have been even far lower at times.
There is a lot of data available to search for possible causes of the decline in voter turnout. This project tries to find and visualize a small part of them.
The main data source is the "Bundeswahlleiter", the federal authority regarding elections in Germany. It publishes detailed election results by constituency (Wahlkreis) and also socio-economic data for all constituencies.
- The code (in a Jupyter Notebook) can be found on GitHub