1930 German federal election
Federal elections were held in Germany on 14 September 1930. Despite losing ten seats, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) remained the largest party in the Reichstag, winning 143 of the 577 seats, while the Nazi Party (NSDAP) dramatically increased its number of seats from 12 to 107. The Communists also increased their parliamentary representation, gaining 23 seats and becoming the third-largest party in the Reichstag.
All 577 seats in the Reichstag
289 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||82.0% 6.4 pp|
Constituencies coloured according to the party that received the largest share of the vote.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) had won the most votes and was the largest party in most elections from 1919 to 1932. They led the coalition government between 1919-1920 and 1928-1930.
In the December 1924 election, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) received 26% of the popular vote, securing 131 parliamentary seats, an increase of 31 seats over the previous election. In the 1928 election, the SPD secured 29.8% of the vote and 153 seats, up 22 from the 1924 federal election. In 1928, the only other party that gained seats was the Communist Party, led by Ernst Thälmann, which received 10.6% of the vote count while securing 54 seats, up nine from the previous election. The National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) won just 2.6% of the vote, which equated to a loss of 2 seats.
Centre Party politician and academic Heinrich Brüning had been appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg on 29 March 1930 when the grand coalition under the Social Democrat Hermann Müller collapsed. The new government was confronted with the economic crisis caused by the Great Depression. Brüning disclosed to his associates in the German Labour Federation that his chief aim as chancellor would be to liberate the German economy from the burden of continuing to pay war reparations and foreign debt. This would require an unpopular policy of tight credit and a rollback of all wage and salary increases (an internal devaluation). The Reichstag rejected Brüning's measures within a month. Hindenburg, already bent on reducing the influence of the Reichstag, saw this event as the "failure of parliament", and with Brüning's consent he called new elections.
In 1930, Germany was formally a multi-party parliamentary democracy, led by President Paul von Hindenburg (1925–1934). However, beginning in March 1930, Hindenburg only appointed governments without a parliamentary majority which systematically governed by emergency decrees, circumventing the democratically elected Reichstag.
The electoral law awarded one seat in the Reichstag per 60,000 votes. All citizens over 21 could vote through a system of proportional representation, a new parliament was elected every four years to deal with issues related to taxes, trade, defense, etc. The President was directly elected every seven years and was primarily in control of the armed forces, however, he also had significant powers to dissolve the Reichstag, nominate a Chancellor, veto laws, and utilize article 48.
In 1930, there were 37 individual parties running for office. Of these parties, only ten secured over 3% of the popular vote. The top five political parties participating in the 1930 election were the following:
The 1930 German election drew 82% voter turn-out, an unprecedented event. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) remained the strongest party and won 143 seats, a loss of 10 seats from the previous election. The National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) rose to become the second largest party with 18.25% of the vote and gained 107 seats, a massive increase from the 12 seats gained in the last election. The only other party to increase its seats was the Communist Party, which won 13.13% of the vote, securing 77 seats, 23 more than in the last election. 34 other political parties shared the remainder of the votes.
|Social Democratic Party||8,575,244||24.53||143||–10|
|National Socialist German Workers' Party||6,379,672||18.25||107||+95|
|Communist Party of Germany||4,590,160||13.13||77||+23|
|German National People's Party||2,457,686||7.03||41||–32|
|German People's Party||1,577,365||4.51||30||–15|
|German State Party||1,322,034||3.78||20||–5|
|Reich Party of the German Middle Class||1,361,762||3.90||23||0|
|Christian-National Peasants' and Farmers' Party||1,108,043||3.17||19||+10|
|Bavarian People's Party||1,058,637||3.03||19||+2|
|Christian Social People's Service||868,269||2.48||14||New|
|German Farmers' Party||339,434||0.97||6||–2|
|Conservative People's Party||290,579||0.83||4||New|
|Reich Party for Civil Rights and Deflation/Christian Social Reich Party||271,291||0.78||0||–2|
|Christian Social Peoples Community||81,550||0.23||0||New|
|Polish People's Party||72,913||0.21||0||0|
|Schmalix Greater German List||26,707||0.08||0||New|
|House and Property Owners||25,530||0.07||0||0|
|Conservative People's Party/German-Hanoverian Party||22,218||0.06||0||–|
|Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany||11,690||0.03||0||0|
|Freibund des Handwerks, Kleinhandels und Gewerbes||9,531||0.03||0||New|
|Radical German State Party||8,841||0.03||0||New|
|Deutsche Einheitspartei für wahre Volkswirtschaft||6,915||0.02||0||New|
|Kriegsbeschädigten- und Hinterbliebenenpartei der deutschen Mannschaft einschließlich der Abgefundenen||6,704||0.02||0||New|
|Deutsche Kulturpartei der geistigen Berufe, Angestellten und Beamten||6,181||0.02||0||New|
|Handel, Handwerk, Hausbesitz||3,644||0.01||0||New|
|Menschheitspartei und neue Volksgemeinschaft||1,626||0.0||0||New|
|Party against Alcohol||1,171||0.0||0||New|
|Workers Party for Creative Workers||907||0.0||0||New|
|Prussian-Lithunanian People's Party||666||0.0||0||New|
|Renter and People's Reich Party||653||0.0||0||New|
|People's Party of the Lusatian Sorbs||288||0.0||0||New|