Sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds were able to vote for the first time in this election. There had also been a major change in the voting system: whereas until the 2007 election, Bremen voters had only one vote, and only had a choice between closed party lists, the new electoral law gave them five votes which they were able to distribute freely between party lists and individual candidates.
A new study has shown that "nearly all children living with methadone substituted parents have drugs in her hair". CDU leader Rita Mohr-Lüllmann stated that recent studies showed that parents in Bremen consume illegal drugs in addition to methadone and how their children are "exposed to enormous risks". She goes on to say that the state will remove the children from their homes if traces of illegal drugs are found in the children's hair.