North German federal election, 1867

North German federal election, February 1867

February 12, 1867 (1867-02-12)

All 297 seats in the Reichstag
162 seats needed for a majority
Turnout ~65% (in Prussian constituencies)

  First party Second party Third party
Party National Liberal Party Conservative Party Free Conservative Party
Last election Reichstag created Reichstag created Reichstag created
Seats won 80 59 39

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Party Old Liberals German Progress Party Federal Constitutional Party
Last election Reichstag created Reichstag created Reichstag created
Seats won 27 19 18

Primary election results (in German)

Elections to the Constituent Reichstag of the North German Confederation were held on 12 February 1867, with run-off elections during the following weeks. The National Liberal Party emerged as the largest party, winning 80 seats and receiving strong support in Hanover, Kassel and Nassau.[1] Voter turnout was around 65% in Prussian constituencies.[2] After the Constituent Reichstag had drawn up and agreed a constitution, fresh elections were held in August.

Electoral system

The North German Confederation were divided into 297 single-member electoral constituencies, of which 236 were in Prussia. All men over the age of 25 and not in receipt of public assistance were eligible to vote.[2]


Party Seats
National Liberal Party80
Conservative Party59
Free Conservative Party39
Old Liberals27
German Progress Party19
Federal State Constitutional Association18
Free Association14
Independent liberals11
Independent conservatives8
Saxon People's Party2


  1. Helmut Walser Smith (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History Oxford University Press, p294
  2. 1 2 Smith, p293
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