Regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein: all the information on the election on May 8

On May 8, the people of Schleswig-Holstein will elect their new regional parliament. We have compiled the most important information on the organization and conduct of regional elections for you.

This is how the electoral system works in Schleswig-Holstein

  • About 2.3 million eligible voters
  • The legal voting age is 16. Anyone wishing to apply must be at least 18 years old
  • German citizenship is a prerequisite for being able to vote
  • At the first vote, a direct candidate is elected. The second vote is given for a state list and decides the electoral result in percentage of a party

After an election by relative majority, at least 35 of the 69 seats are allocated in the first round. At least the remaining 34 seats are allocated to national party lists based on the results of the second vote. The five percent hurdle applies to the election, with the exception of the Voters’ Association of South Schleswig (SSW). This represents the Danish minority and the Frisians.

The Wahl-O-Mat for the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein

If you still don’t know which party to vote for on May 8, you can get help from Wahl-O-Mat. 38 theses deal with the most important topics of state policy. Ultimately, the extent to which his own views match the party’s election manifestos is revealed.

The theses for the election were selected by young people and first-time voters as well as employees of the State Commissioner for Civic Education, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and political experts from the ‘State.

Surf tip: Wahl-O-Mat Schleswig-Holstein regional elections now online: who are you voting for?

best candidates

The best candidates of the parties represented in the state parliament:

  • Daniel Gunther, CDU
  • Thomas Losse-Müller, SPD
  • Monika Heinold, Greens
  • Bernd Buchholz, FDP
  • Jörg Nobis, AfD
  • Lars Harms, SSW

Parties that are not represented in the state parliament but have established state lists that have been approved by the state election commission

  • Left, Susanne Spethmann
  • Free Voters, Gregor Voht
  • Animal Welfare Party, Janine Bahr van Gemmert
  • Pirate Party, Mark Hintz
  • the base
  • The party
  • Future.SH
  • health research
  • Humanists
  • volt

Parties not represented in the state parliament must submit 1,000 supporting signatures to participate.

So say the polls for the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein

Five good weeks before the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the CDU has further strengthened its lead. Prime Minister Daniel Günther’s Christian Democrats scored 36% in a poll by opinion polling institute Infratest dimap, as NDR reported on Thursday. This is an increase of three percentage points from the previous survey on March 10.

The SPD reached an unchanged percentage of 20%, the Greens have lost two percentage points and are now at 18%. The FDP lost one percentage point and represented eight percent of voters. The AfD came in at six percent. The Southern Schleswig Voters’ Association SSW, which was freed from the five percent hurdle, also achieved an unchanged rate of four percent.

With this result, the CDU could govern alone in Kiel with the Greens and without the Liberals. According to the poll, a green-black alliance continues to garner the approval of 37% of those eligible to vote. The current Jamaican alliance of CDU, Greens and FDP is receiving even more approval. 40% of respondents rated it as very good or good.

According to the survey, support for a Union-led state government is also based on the popularity of Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU). Three-quarters of those entitled to vote (74%) are always satisfied with their work. In the national Infratest comparison, it continues to top the list when it comes to politician satisfaction. The leading candidate of the Greens, Monika Heinold, convinced 41% of the voters (plus four percentage points), the SPD challenger Thomas Losse-Müller was assessed positively by 15% (plus two percentage points).

Infratest dimap interviewed 1,158 eligible voters in Schleswig-Holstein by phone or online for the March 24-29 survey. The survey’s margin of error is between two and three percentage points.