In the federal election, all adult citizens in Germany have the right to vote - but many cannot choose between the parties and candidates.
The Wahl-O-Mat offers assistance.
Berlin - There is a general election on Sunday.
But as polls have shown, a large part of the electorate is still undecided where to make his two crosses.
A decision-making aid also promises shortly before the big day of Wahl-O-Mat - however, the online offer does not make any election recommendations.
(Election data, live ticker, background coverage - all information about the federal election 2021 can be found in our politics newsletter.)
Federal election 2021: The Wahl-O-Mat provides a decision-making aid
The Wahl-O-Mat has been used in Germany since 2002.
His big hour strikes in the federal election.
This year more people than ever answered the questions.
This offer is also available for state elections.
The basic principle of Wahl-O-Mat is simply explained: users answer political demands with “agree”, “disagree” or “neutral”.
The users can also prioritize the answers to the 38 questions differently: after completing all questions, they can weight the topics that are most important to them the most.
These are counted twice in the evaluation.
Wahl-O-Mat for the federal election: parties are compared with each other
The questions were drawn up by an editorial team consisting of young voters, experts from science, journalism and education as well as those responsible from the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).
The editorial team selects 38 questions for the Wahl-O-Mat - these are answered online by the users.
Bundestag election: Wahl-O-Mat compares the demands of all parties
Then the answers given are compared with the political demands of the parties that are vying for votes in the respective election.
In this year's general election, 40 parties with at least one state list are running.
The Wahl-O-Mat does not get the parties' answers to the 38 questions from the election manifestos of the respective parties.
Instead, all 40 applicants are sent the statements to be answered.
The parties can also provide a brief explanation of why they chose one side or the other on the questions.
The users then get an overview: It shows what percentage of their own answers agree with the respective parties.
The Wahl-O-Mat for the federal election covers many topics
Wahl-O-Mat has set itself the task of covering the broadest possible spectrum of political topics.
These include, among other things
Work, social affairs, integration, flight and asylum
Internal, external, democracy, federalism and the EU
Climate, energy, environment, infrastructure, transport, health and consumer protection
Family, education, culture and religion
Finance, taxes, currency and economics
After completing the questions, users can find out more about the parties in general at Wahl-O-Mat.
Positions are compared comprehensively, there are clear short portraits of the parties.
In addition, the Wahl-O-Mat provides facts on the federal election and general information on previous elections and the right to vote in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Wahl-O-Mat: Tool for the federal election wants to help the undecided
Wahl-O-Mat is a tool that helps voters to find the right party for their own ideas in upcoming elections.
The Wahl-O-Mat for the 2021 federal election has been online since September 2, 2021.
Merkur.de you can
find out what the current polls are forecasting for the federal election in 2021.
In addition, we provide you with all the important data and figures on our interactive map with all the results for constituencies and municipalities.