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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

People get sometimes puzzled if their street has been relocated to a different polling station (streets on the borders of station districts get shuffled each election to keep the number of voters in each station roughly the same size), but they always cease arguing once I show them their adress in the street register for the right polling station.

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It depends on if I am used in a regular polling station or in a postal polling station.

In a regular polling station, I do the preliminary ID check to ensure that the voters a.) have their ID with them to avoid everyone wasting their time and b.) are in the right station depending on their adress, redirecting them if necessary. (There is a more profound ID check later inside.) I hand them the ballot paper and after closing do the counting along with the other clerks. This includes keeping an eye on everyone else that no one cheats, calculating the tally and presenting any potentially invalid ballot papers to the election officer. After we have finished the counting and transmitted the result telephonically, we pack up all the ballot papers and carry it together to the city hall to a secure room, packed in a closed container marked with our station (once again to make sure that ballot papers cannot vanish or be manipulated by anyone in the clerk team).

In postal polling stations, absentee ballots come in two envelopes, an inner envelope with the ballot paper and no identifying information, and an outer envelopeI containing the inner envelope along with the absentee vote form (which identifies the name, adress and voting district of the voter). I open the outer envelope, check the validity of the absentee vote form, and if it is valid, take the inner envelope out and put it on the pile of accepted ballot papers. - After all outer envelopes are opened and the time limit for late postal votes has elapsed, the inner envelopes get opened, the ballot papers taken out, and the same procedure takes place as in the counting in a regular polling station.

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[–] revfelix 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What percentage has the election been rigged by?

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm just a clerk working in a single polling station. You'd need someone way up the food chain.

That being said, the polling process itself would be extremely hard to rig. The results of the individual polling stations are public records, and can be checked mathematically by any outsider willing to put in the work, so once the counting is done, vectors for manipulation are closed. You'd need to get all 6+ clerks in the same polling station to work together to dump unwanted valid ballot papers and replace them with phonies, and you'd need to count on no members of the general public walking in into the counting process to observe it. I can't rule out that it doesn't happen here and there, but it is not imagineable that it can happen on a big enough scale to have any recognizable effect.

The biggest potential manipulation vector are postal absentee ballots, as it gets filled out at home and as we can only check the signature at the polling station. I'm pretty sure that nursing homes run by the churches (which lean towards CDU) and labour unions (which lean towards SPD) have been "helping" their demented inhabitants to vote for the right party for some decades now.

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[–] amendthediscourse 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not related to polling, but why is Germany so pro-refugee? I've heard guilt as a motivator....

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Since the end of WW2, West Germans have been educated by the Allies to feel guilty for Hitler, to be anti-fascist (in the literal meaning, not in the sense of Antifa) and to view it as their duty to prevent fascism from ever rising again. The result is a disturbed relationship with patriotism. Even among conservatives, it is your social death to act too patriotic and nationalistic, and you are seen as a weirdo if you raise the German flag in your yard, sing the anthem or do anything else that could be seen as overtly patriotic. Acting anti-nativist and caring for the welfare of outsiders (such as refugees) are popular virtue-signalling to dissipate any suspicions that you might be too patriotic and a potential infection vector for a return of fascism.

East Germans had no such education instilled by the Soviets. They have been taught that fascism has been the creation of the capitalist corporate dynasties of Krupp, Thyssen and their ilk, and that they as workers and farmers have been unwitting pawns and victims of their capitalist overlords. That is why you will find the highest concentration of neo-nazis in East Germany, and why the anti-refugee sentiment of the AfD and Pegida is much stronger and more pronounced and open in the East than in the West.

As for the refugee crisis, I think the attitude of the average German is rather indifference and apathy. Only a small leftist fringe is truly excited about being pro-refugee - the average Michel is just quietly playing along and careful not to seem too patriotic by pointing out the costs, questioning the state's ability to deport denied asylum seekers and similar actions. Cologne has shifted the public opinion to the right by a far margin, but one big happening alone doesn't undo decades or reprogramming. It would take a massive flurry of big setbacks to get the German public to openly protest against the mass immigration.

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[–] LearningToDillon 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Why do you guys keep electing a traitor like merkel?

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The CDU is one of the two major parties, the counterpart of the Republicans in the US. They could nominate a dachshund and still count on the 20% of the voters who will always vote CDU no matter what.

The Democrat counterpart, SPD, has been going through a crisis for several years. The last time they governed, they pushed some unpopular welfare and labour reforms, especially the need to accept any work to be eligible for welfare and legalizing fixed-term work contracts without needing to establish a pressing reason. A lot of their old voters have either become non-voters or switched to the Left Party (the successor of East Germany’s communist party). They have since set up a string of weak, unlikeable candidates, without the leadership ever receiving a serious culling to allow some actual talent to grow.

Quick run-down on the middle-tier parties:

  • The Left Party (Die Linke) has its roots in East Germany's communist party, has merged with the West German fifth column party WASG and has in recent years taken in disillusioned former SPD members. The SPD leadership is very hesitant to build a coalition with them due to their past as East Germany's ruling party and several openly radical Marxist-Leninist members.
  • The Greens (Bündnis '90/Die Grünen) are another far left party historically most invested in environmentalism. SPD had run the government along with them from 1998-2005 before Merkel and would like to do so again, but their combined votes are far away from the necessary 51% majority.
  • The Free Democratic Party (FDP) is the economically libertarian party, with a reputation for being two-faced and the political arm of corporation lobbies. They have historically been the only successful third party building a coalition with whichever major party served their interests better, but have in recent years become an appendix to the CDU, and would be the CDU's preferred partner.
  • The AfD are far right-wing pariah to the other parties, plain and simple. No one wants to build a coalition with them, and the MSM (both private and tax-funded) is working overtime to smear them as cross-burning nazis, scare potential voters away and make it a social stigma to even speak publicly in support of them and their policies.

TL;DR: Merkel isn’t re-elected every year because she is so great, she is re-elected because she is the one-eyed among the blind. The SPD sucks and does nothing about it, their newest nominee Martin Schulz sucks, and there is no serious perspective to build a government coalition that doesn't involve the CDU as major partner. The SPD has been unable to reform, and the CDU sees no need to reform as long as Merkel's politics give them the chancellorship every election.

(Personally, I have not even once voted for Merkel, and don't plan to anytime soon.)

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[–] jabba 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Seems like Germany is stuck between a rock and a hard place with the 2 top candidates. I'd rather go Merkel than that faggot EU guy and that's hard to say. GL Germany

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm not thrilled by either.

It has become highly unlikely that Schultz can replace Merkel as chancellor, as the SPD campaign has been a trainwreck of vague ideas and unaffordable proposals. Trying to copy the meme war for Trump has also backfired, as a.) Schultz doesn't have the personal charisma and unconventional ideas of Trump to fuel such a campaign style and b.) as the Schultz memes have been inane, cringe-inducing Fellow Kids-tier material. (Check r/the_Schulz if you want to have a good laugh.)

I think we will keep Merkel, and the only real question is which party will be the sitting duck partner to bridge the gap to the necessary 51%+ majority in the parliament. German policies might shift a bit to the right if it becomes the classical liberal FDP, they might shift moderately left if the Greens are needed to be added to make up for the weakened SPD, but nothing noticeable will be done about the 400 pound bugbear mass migration.

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have not a single drop of Jew blood in me. I can trace my German heritage back to the 15th century.