Google promotes the use of postal voting in the September 26 Deutscher Bundestag election. Germans who open YouTube see an “advertising” about the election.
The Bundestag elections are on September 26, and Google has started their postal ballot campaign.
Germans who open YouTube see a pop-up from YouTube and parent company Google that reads “Bunday elections, information from Google; how to vote by mail.”
When you follow this link you will come to Google with the search "Wie wähle ich," how do I vote.
There you will find information about how to vote: you can vote by proxy, vote yourself in the voting booth and you can vote by mail.
Google could also have filled the pop-up with “Information from Google on how to vote,” but Google specifically felt it necessary to focus on postal voting. Now we know about how the postal voting in the United States can be used in voting fraud in different ways. For example, you have ballot harvesting, mail deliverers can corrupt it, etc.
Letter voting in Germany
The organizers of the elections expect to receive 50 percent by post, a very sharp increase from the previous election, when 28,6 percent of the votes were cast by post.
Postal voting was introduced in Germany in 1957, and until 2008, postal voters had to obtain permission and provide a legitimate reason for not being able to go to the local polling station.
Since 1990, the use of postal votes at the Bundestagswahl has exploded. All voting Germans receive an invitation by post to vote, and with that invitation they can apply for an Absentee Ballot. According to the authorities, all postal votes are registered and therefore prevent people from voting in the polling booth and by postal vote.
Those who are currently watching the elections see a socialist victory in the making. The SPD just keeps on rising and the CDU/CSU, partly due to the unpopular Armin Laschet, continue their diving dive.
Less than 20 percent of Germans want Laschet, who is currently Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor. While 53 percent of Germans want to see the current Minister of Finance and Vizekanzler Olaf Scholz as chancellor.
The CDU/CSU are at their lowest position in the polls since 2002 and that is not because of current Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reason Olaf Scholz ranks so high in the polls is because he is seen as a sort of 'continuity candidate' whose politics most closely resemble Angela Merkel's, while the successor within her own party is seen as a non-serious candidate who for example, laughs when Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds a press conference about the floods last July.