German election and referendum, 1936

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German election
and referendum, 1936

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All 741 seats in the Reichstag
371 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 99.00%
  Majority party
  Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler retouched.jpg
Leader Adolf Hitler
Leader since 29 July 1921
Last election 661 seats, 92.11%
Seats won 741
(Sole legal party)
Seat change Increase80
Popular vote 44,462,458
Percentage 98.80%
Swing Increase6.69%

Chancellor before election

Adolf Hitler


Adolf Hitler

Parliamentary elections were held in Germany on 29 March 1936.[1] They took the form of a single-question referendum, asking voters whether they approved of the military occupation of the Rhineland and a single party list for the new Reichstag composed exclusively of Nazis and nominally independent "guests" of the party. Like previous elections in Nazi Germany, it was characterized by high turnout, voter intimidation and a massively lop-sided result, with an official 99.0% turnout. In a publicity stunt, a handful of voters were packed aboard the airships Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg, which flew above the Rhineland as those aboard cast their ballots.[2]

The new Reichstag convened for formulary procedures on 30 January 1937 to re-elect its Presidium and Hermann Göring as President of the Reichstag.


Party Votes % Seats
National Socialist German Workers Party (including blank votes) 44,462,458 98.80 741
Against 540,244 1.20
Total 45,002,702 100 741
Registered voters/turnout 45,455,217 99.00
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p762 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. The Associated Press. "Germans for Hitler 99 Per Cent Strong: All Ballots Against Nazi Held Invalid", Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner. 30 March 1936. Page 1.

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