1898 German federal election

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German federal election, 1898

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All 397 seats in the Reichstag
199 seats needed for a majority
Turnout68.1%
  First party Second party Third party
  Franz-Graf-Ballestrem.jpg August Bebel c1900.jpg Otto von Manteuffel.jpg
Leader Franz von Ballestrem Paul Singer
& August Bebel
Otto Karl von Manteuffel
Party Centre SPD KP
Leader since 1890 18 March 1890
& 21 November 1892
1892
Last election 96 seats 44 seats 72 seats
Seats won 102 56 56
Seat change Increase6 Increase12 Decrease16
Popular vote 1,455,100 2,107,100 859,200
Percentage 18.8% 27.2% 11.1%
Swing Decrease0.3% Increase3.9% Decrease2.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Ernst Bassermann.jpg Eugen Richter.jpg No image.svg
Leader Ernst Bassermann Eugen Richter
Party NLP FVp DRP
Leader since 1898 7 May 1893
Last election 53 seats 24 seats 28 seats
Seats won 46 29 23
Seat change Decrease7 Increase5 Decrease5
Popular vote 971,300 558,300 343,600
Percentage 12.5% 7.2% 4.5%
Swing Decrease0.5% Decrease1.5% Decrease1.2%

Reichstagswahlkarte 1898-1903.jpg
Election results by the election districts

President of the Reichstag before election

Rudolf von Buol-Berenberg
Centre

Elected President of the Reichstag

Franz von Ballestrem
Centre

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Federal elections were held in Germany on 16 June 1898.[1] Despite the Social Democratic Party (SPD) receiving a plurality of votes, the Centre Party remained the largest party in the Reichstag after winning 102 of the 397 seats, whilst the SPD won just 56.[2] Voter turnout was 68.1%.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes[a] % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 2,107,100 27.2 56 +12
Centre Party 1,455,100 18.8 102 +6
National Liberal Party 971,300 12.5 46 −7
German Conservative Party 859,200 11.1 56 −16
Free-minded People's Party 558,300 7.2 29 +5
German Reich Party 343,600 4.5 23 −5
Anti-Semites 284,300 3.7 13 −3
Polish Party 244,100 3.1 14 −5
Free-minded Union 195,700 2.5 12 −1
Bavarian Peasants' League 140,300 1.8 5 +1
German Agrarian League 110,400 1.4 6 New
German People's Party 108,500 1.4 8 −3
Alsace-Lorraine Party 107,400 1.3 10 +2
German-Hanoverian Party 105,200 1.3 9 +2
Danish Party 15,000 0.2 1 0
Others 146,800 2.0 7 +6
Invalid/blank votes 34,000
Total 7,786,700 100 397 0
Registered voters/turnout 11,441,100 68.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, DGDB

a Figures for votes are rounded.[1]

Popular Vote
SPD
27.18%
Zentrum
18.77%
NLP
12.62%
DKP
11.08%
FVP
7.20%
DRP
4.43%
Anti-Semites
3.75%
PP
3.15%
FV
2.52%
Other
9.29%
Reichstag seats
Zentrum
25.69%
SPD
14.11%
DKP
14.11%
NLP
11.59%
FVP
7.30%
DRP
5.79%
PP
3.53%
Anti-Semites
3.27%
FV
3.02%
Other
11.59%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p762 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p789
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p774