German federal election, 1903

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German federal election, 1903

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All 397 seats in the Reichstag
199 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 76.1%

  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 102 seats 56 seats 56 seats
Seats won 100 81 54
Seat change Decrease2 Increase25 Decrease2
Popular vote 1,875,300 3,010,800 948,500
Percentage 19.8% 31.7% 10.0%
Swing Increase1.0% Increase4.5% Decrease1.1%

  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 46 seats 29 seats 23 seats
Seats won 51 21 21
Seat change Increase5 Decrease8 Decrease2
Popular vote 1,317,400 538,200 333,400
Percentage 13.9% 5.7% 4.7%
Swing Increase1.4% Decrease1.5% Decrease1.0%

President of the Reichstag before election

Franz von Ballestrem
Centre

Elected President of the Reichstag

Franz von Ballestrem
Centre

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Federal elections were held in Germany on 16 June 1903.[1] Despite the Social Democratic Party (SPD) receiving a clear plurality of votes, the Centre Party remained the largest party in the Reichstag after winning 100 of the 397 seats, whilst the SPD won only 81.[2] The voter turnout for the election was 76.1%.[3]

Results

Party Votes[a] % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 3,010,800 31.7 81 +25
Centre Party 1,875,300 19.8 100 −2
National Liberal Party 1,317,400 13.9 51 +5
German Conservative Party 948,500 10.0 54 −2
Free-minded People's Party 538,200 5.7 21 −8
Polish Party 347,800 3.7 16 +2
German Reich Party 333,400 3.5 21 −2
Anti-Semites 244,500 2.6 11 −2
Free-minded Union 243,200 2.6 9 −3
German Agrarian League 118,800 1.3 4 −2
Bavarian Peasants' League 111,400 1.2 4 −1
Alsace-Lorraine Party 101,900 1.1 9 −1
German-Hanoverian Party 94,300 1.0 6 −3
German People's Party 91,200 1.0 6 −2
Danish Party 15,000 0.2 1 0
Others 97,500 1.0 3 −4
Invalid/blank votes 44,800
Total 9,533,800 100 397 0
Registered voters/turnout 12,531,200 76.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, DGDB

a Figures for votes are rounded.[1]

Popular Vote
SPD
31.71%
Zentrum
19.75%
NLP
14.01%
DKP
9.88%
FVP
5.67%
PP
3.66%
DRP
3.51%
Anti-Semites
2.56%
FV
2.55%
Other
6.70%
Reichstag seats
Zentrum
25.19%
SPD
20.40%
DKP
13.60%
NLP
12.85%
FVP
5.29%
DRP
5.29%
PP
4.03%
Anti-Semites
2.77%
FV
2.27%
Other
8.31%

References

  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, p775
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