Zollparlament election, 1868

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German federal election, 1868

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All 382 seats in the Zollparlament
192 seats needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
Party NLP KP Centre
Seats won 97 66 33
Popular vote 765,782 487,730 315,777
Percentage 23.3% 14.8% 9.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Seats won 31 37 17
Popular vote 287,869 219,419 112,872
Percentage 8.7% 6.7% 3.6%

1868 Zollparlament

Elections to the Zollparlament of the German Zollverein were held in February and March 1868. The Zollparlament consisted of the members of the Reichstag of the North German Confederation and members from the South German states. Those South German members were elected in these elections, the North Germans were the Reichstag members elected the previous year.

In total, 85 South Germans were elected: 48 from Bavaria, 14 from Baden, six from Hesse-Darmstadt (additionally to the three Reichstag members in the province of Upper Hesse), and 17 from Württemberg. Most of the South German Zollparlament members were anti-Prussian regionalists. The outcome of the elections did not encourage Bismarck to take advantage of the Zollparlament as a vehicle for the politician unification of Germany.