North German federal election, 1867

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Elections to the Constituent Reichstag of the North German Confederation were held on 12 February 1867, with run-off elections during the following weeks. The National Liberal Party emerged as the largest party, winning 80 seats and receiving strong support in Hanover, Kassel and Nassau.[1] Voter turnout was around 65% in Prussian constituencies.[2] After the Constituent Reichstag had drawn up and agreed a constitution, fresh elections were held in August.

Electoral system[edit]

The North German Confederation were divided into 297 single-member electoral constituencies, of which 236 were in Prussia. All men over the age of 25 and not in receipt of public assistance were eligible to vote.[2]


Party Seats
National Liberal Party 80
Conservative Party 59
Free Conservative Party 39
Old Liberals 27
German Progress Party 19
Federal State Constitutional Association 18
Free Association 14
Poles 13
Independent liberals 11
Independent conservatives 8
Danes 2
Saxon People's Party 2
Others 5
Total 297


  1. ^ Helmut Walser Smith (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History Oxford University Press, p294
  2. ^ a b Smith, p293