Europe Elects

Europe Elects is a poll aggregator[1] that collects and publishes election-related data such as opinion polls in European countries.

Europe Elects
Logo of Europe Elects
Type of site
Data journalism
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersOberroßbach, Germany
Area servedEurope
Founder(s)Tobias Gerhard Schminke
EditorJulius Lehtinen
LaunchedMay 2014 (2014-05)
Current statusActive

Genesis and historyEdit

Europe Elects was founded in 2014 as a Twitter account. The project quickly rose to prominence, as it was the first account that gathered European polling and election data in one spot.[2]


Europe Elects provides election results during election days on social media, referring to the European Parliament affiliation of candidates and parties.

The organization publishes polls done by polling companies in all European countries and its subdivisions in order to show both the level of support for national parties as well as for the European Union in each country. Europe Elects's visualization of the data is unique, as it uses standardized labels and colours for national parties of one European Parliament group across national borders. The publications regularly point out the affiliation of national parties with their respective European Parliament groups, which has been adopted by other media outlets over time.[3][4] Furthermore, overviews of the positions of the single parties and candidates are being provided.[5] Europe Elects publishes on the basis of the collected data a European projection for the European Parliament on a regular basis and shows how the results as if there were elections on that day. After the 2019 European Parliament election, Europe Elects claimed to have had the most precise forecast for the European Parliament.[6]

In 2019, the platform launched the Europe Elects Podcast. In 2019 and 2020, America Elects, Oceania Elects, Africa Elects, and Asia Elects were launched. Asia Elects received attention in the context of the Hong Kong local elections, being quoted in media such as The Washington Post.[7][8]

The platform hosts an extensive calendar of local, regional, national, and European election dates in Europe.

Spread and perceptionEdit

Europe Elects is considered a major media source concerning the European Parliament and electoral analysis in Europe.[9] It is quoted frequently in both European[10][11][12][13] and worldwide publications,[14][15][16][17] is referenced by the Centre for European Policy Studies,[18][19] and is listed in the database of the European Data Journalism Network, a consortium of media and journalists promoting data-driven multilingual coverage of European topics.[20][21]

In 2021, Europe Elects formed a partnership with Euractiv[22] and Decision Desk HQ.[23]


In 2022, Europe Elects was awarded the Dalhousie Impact Award.[24]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Russians vote in local elections in key test for ruling party". September 13, 2020. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "Changes in European Party Affiliations Look Set to Shake Up The European Parliament". July 6, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tobias Gerhard Schminke: Von zu Europe Elects". March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Schenuit, Felix; Müller, Manuel (2020). Sitzprojektionen für die Europawahl: Potenziale und Grenzen eines jungen Phänomens. Wiesbaden (Germany): SpringerLink. p. 241-252. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-29277-5_20. ISBN 978-3-658-29276-8. S2CID 219508396. Retrieved September 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "National Politics Archives - Europe Elects". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Europe Elects with most accurate projection for the 2019 EU election". August 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Hong Kong's stunning vote deepens China's conundrum". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Interview with Europe Elects". Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  9. ^ O'Malley, James; Randerson, James (March 7, 2019). "The Brussels Twitter bubble — an illustrated guide". Politico Europe. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "Spain - Last Spanish polls before election suggest gridlock could continue". Euronews. November 4, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Ehrich, Issio (November 9, 2018). "Kampf um das EU-Parlament - In Europa gibt es keinen grünen Höhenflug". n-tv. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Dall'Orto, Bartolo (January 11, 2019). "Elezioni europee, la Lega primo partito d'Europa - Secondo le proiezioni di Europe Elects sulle elezioni europee, la Lega avrebbe il maggior numero di deputati all'Europarlamento". Il Giornale. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Nilsson, Lennart (March 19, 2019). "EU-valet 2019: Snabba svar på de 7 vanligaste frågorna". Expressen. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  14. ^ McGee, Luke (February 9, 2019). "On Brexit, the EU isn't strong enough to be weak right now". CNN. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Bershidsky, Leonid (December 30, 2018). "Europe's Left Nearly Died in 2018. Here's How It Can Rise. - Despite shrinking support, traditional leftist parties still have an important cause to fight for. The tools to win are hiding in plain sight". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Smith, Alexander (October 26, 2019). "Brexit: Europeans in Brussels say Britain must make a decision on E.U. divorce - "Either they want to stay or they want to leave, which is it?" said one person in Brussels this week". NBC News. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Grad student helms influential Europe Elects site". Saint Mary's University (Halifax). July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "EIR Newsletter" (PDF). Centre for European Policy Studies. February 21, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  19. ^ "Tobias Gerhard Schminke, Founder, Europe Elects". Centre for European Policy Studies. February 21, 2019. Archived from the original on December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  20. ^ "Useful data - Europe Elects". EDJNet - the European Data Journalism Network. November 14, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "Eurochat - Irish General Election 2020 special by the European Network".
  22. ^ "EURACTIV & Europe Elects join up to share polling across the Capitals". Euractiv. July 29, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  23. ^ "Decision Desk HQ And Europe Elects Partner To Provide German Election Results And Analysis". Decision Desk HQ. September 8, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  24. ^ "Dal's latest Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar deciphers our changing democracy Political Science PhD Tobias Gerhard Schminke latest Dal recipient". Dal News. May 27, 2022. Retrieved August 27, 2022.

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