How Berlin residents who do not live in a constituency will not be able to vote in upcoming election

(FoxNews) More than one million Germans will not be able to vote in the upcoming federal election as they do not live in the “mandatory voting constituency,” German media reported Sunday.

Berlin, Bielefeld, Darmstadt, Hagen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Celle, and Baden-Wuerttemberg have been eliminated from the 142 constituencies, leaving these 11 for 15 million Berlin residents as of Dec. 1, 2017, according to Eurepiene, a German news service reported.

According to the ruling of the Federal Election Commission (Saarbrücker Zeitung) last year, the constituency has to have at least 572,496 Berlin residents living in the areas of voting parties. However, all of Berlin’s citizens were stateless under the Deutschlandschef constitutional law of 1949.

Eurepiene reported that, in 2018, Berlin politicians were also denied the right to vote as Berliners live in different German states.

Germans pay a federal income tax of 2.5 percent in addition to local levies of 5.2 percent. This tax is paid by citizens who are living outside the “mandatory voting constituency.”

Law enforcement authorities have to identify the “states of residence” of German citizens, in order to define the municipalities and regions within the constituency.

With the exception of individuals living in the Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia, Saxony and Garching, Brussels, Zug, Orebro, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Lower Saxony, Berlin, Bremen, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saarland, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Solingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Mecklenburg-Pomerania, one of Germany’s 14 states, citizens living outside the German parliament are prohibited from voting in federal elections and parliamentary elections.

Despite not having a state in their region, Berlin residents can cast their ballots at voting booths within the districts where they have submitted valid applications or registered voter registrations.

Berlin’s voters were able to choose candidates from 3,273 parties, which amounted to a 17.5 percent voter turnout for the federal election in September, 2017. The 21.2 percent turnout was the highest registered in a parliamentary election in West Germany, after the 22.5 percent of 2006.

According to GfK, a German research institute, the citizens of Berlin had the highest propensity to vote in September, with 92.5 percent of Berliners voting in the elections.

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