Bremen state election, 2011
All 83 seats of the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
42 seats needed for a majority
A Bremen state election was held on 22 May 2011, to elect the Bürgerschaft (city and state legislature). The Christian Democratic Union's slogan was "Now do the right thing." The Social Democratic Party and the Green Party wanted to continue their coalition. Nineteen parties and political associations were authorized to participate in the election. The Citizens' Party, German People's Union and Free Voters were the parties not eligible to be in the election.
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.
The Social Democrats and the Greens remained as the governing coalition. The Greens overtook the Christian Democrats for second place for the first time in the history of the West German states.
Issues and campaign
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.
|Social Democratic Party (SPD)||38.6||+1.9||36||+4|
|Alliance '90/The Greens||22.5||+5.7||21||+7|
|Christian Democratic Union (CDU)||20.4||-5.1||20||-3|
|Citizens in Rage (BIW)||3.7||+2.9||1||0|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||2.4||-3.8||0||-5|
|Pirate Party Germany (PIRATEN)||1.9||+1.9||0||0|
|National Democratic Party (NPD)||1.6||-1.1||0||0|
These are the final results. 
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