Germany election LIVE: SPD edge ahead of CDU/CSU as fight to succeed Merkel goes to wire


BILD columnist Gunnar Schupelius reported: “It is 2:50 pm at counting station 712, constituency 0407, federal constituency 80 (Rüdesheimer Platz, Rüdesheimer elementary school in Wilmersdorf).

“People form an nearby 200 metre long queue from the elementary school across the schoolyard to the street: “You can’t really vote here,” says someone.

I rove past the queue to the polling office.

“Can I vote here?” – “Yes, but only for Berlin, not the Bundestag.”

“I beg your pardon?” “Yes, we didn’t get enough ballot dossiers. They are all gone now. If you only want to vote for Berlin, then you can go ahead.”

“And for the Bundestag?” – “Maybe later, maybe not at all.”

“You can’t be serious!” – “Yes, we wanted to get ballot credentials from Charlottenburg by taxi, but it didn’t get through.. Marathon.”

“How long will it take now?” – “No idea!”

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