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State Parliament Elections

Election of the members of the state parliament

Election period:

five years

Entitled to vote

in Essen on 4 April 2010: 434.499

Subdivision into electoral districts:

North-Rhine Westphalia is subdivided into 128 state parliament electoral districts

Subdivision of the Essen city area into 341 voting districts for voting purposes and 4 state parliament electoral districts for the nomination of candidates

The election in the state parliament electoral districts 65 - 68 (Essen I - IV) lies within the responsibility of the District Electoral Officer, the Lord Mayor.

Electoral system:

128 direct candidates from the state parliament electoral districts are elected directly on a simple majority basis ("relative majority election") and at least 53 list candidates are elected via the share of the votes cast for the individual parties in the form of all the second votes validly cast in the state ("proportional election with initial majority election" or "personalized proportional representation").

Voting:

each elector has two votes. The first is used to elect the direct candidate, the second the state list of the relevant party.

Right to vote:

Entitled to vote are German nationals as from their 18th birthday, provided they have been registered as resident in Germany for at least 3 months before the election.

Entitlement to be elected:

All persons entitled to vote can also stand for election.

Election results are determined

in accordance with the mathematical proportion method (so-called "Hare-Niemeyer" method).