Unlike the Berliners, who will have to repeat their election to the House of Representatives on February 12 after a court ruling, the Hamburgers will probably only be able to vote on the citizenship again in around two years - then after the regular end of the legislative period. In any case, the Hamburg Constitutional Court rejected an election review complaint against the general election of February 2020. The court said on Friday that no electoral errors had been found that could affect the validity of the election. A former candidate on the FDP state list was taken to court.
In the election, the FDP fell just short of the five percent hurdle. Former candidate Carl Cevin-Key Coste, who was also the leader of the Young Liberals, did not present any counting errors that could have an impact, the court said. The court considers so-called multi-mandate constituencies with three to five seats to be just as permissible as the so-called healing regulation. This is about the case that someone casts more than the possible five votes for candidates on the state lists - but they all belong to the same party. Then five votes are attributed to the state list.
The former FDP candidate had also reprimanded the citizenship's public relations work before the election, because only members of parliament were allowed to take part in some series of events financed by the citizenship itself. However, this affected all parties equally, the court said. It is also not to be assumed that the FDP would have cleared the five percent hurdle if the complainant had attended the events instead of an FDP MP. Coste conducted the process single-handedly, with no sign of the support of his party's leadership.
In the state elections on February 23, 2020, the SPD was clearly the strongest with 39.2 percent. The Greens, CDU, Left Party and AfD followed. Since then, a coalition of SPD and Greens has ruled in Hamburg under Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD). The next general election is scheduled for 2025.