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Elections in Saxony

Elections in Saxony
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'Super' Election Year 2009

Elections are a chance for citizens to directly influence policy in Europe, in Germany, and in their own home state. Saxony was the region in which the 'Peaceful Revolution' of 1989 began - and also the demand for free elections. Saxony is the main topic, including many important local decisions. That is why everybody should take advantage of their right to vote in 2009. Elections are a chance for citizens to directly influence policy in Europe, in Germany, and in their own home state.

In 2009, registered voters in the Free State of Saxony will elect the members of their city and municipal councils, and the Saxon representatives to the European Parliament on

  • June 7, 2009,
  • the representatives for the Saxon Landtag on August 30, 2009,
  • and the representatives for the Bundestag on September 27, 2009.

Landtag Elections in Saxony

A new Landtag is elected in Saxony every five years. Each registered voter decides with two votes for the Landtag election on who will be sitting in the parliament. The first vote elects a canditate in the voter's constituency. The second vote goes to the voter's preferred party. All citizens over the age of 18 with their main residence in Saxony are eligible to vote.

Saxon Elections

The Free State of Saxony is divided into 60 constituencies. In the Landtag elections, a maximum of one candidate per party may run for election in a constituency. The candidate, who can collect the most direct votes (first votes), will earn a seat in the Landtag (direct mandate) and will represent his constituency there. Half of the 120 Landtag representatives are elected this way. This election is called the individual vote or majority vote.

The remaining 60 mandates are determined by way of proportional representation. Proportional representation includes all parties with a minimum of 5% of list votes (second vote). The ration of list votes decides the distribution of the second half of the 120 mandates.

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