Countless irregularities: the state election committee objects to the Berlin election

Long queue, wrong or missing ballot papers, interruption of the election: In Berlin on September 26th, a lot went wrong in the election for the House of Representatives. The state election control wants to appeal because of this.

The state election control wants to appeal to the Berlin Constitutional Court against the results of the election to the House of Representatives in Berlin on September 26th. In two constituencies, namely in Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, there were violations of the electoral law that could affect the distribution of mandates, said state election officer Petra Michaelis at a meeting of the state electoral committee.

In 207 of 2257 polling stations there were irregularities. “That is a number that must scare us all and must also annoy us,” said Michaelis. On the other hand, she could state that the election in over 2000 polling stations went off without any problems. After checking all the relevant documents from all Berlin districts, Michaelis presented a list with details of what went wrong.

These included delays in sending postal voting documents, incorrect or missing ballot papers, a temporary interruption of the election process in 73 pubs or long queues in front of polling stations. Several hundred polling stations were open longer than usual.