Mecklenburg Vorpommern votes today
The small state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in North East Germany will go to the polls today and will be the sixth state to hold elections this year. There are 1.39 million voters in the state.
Although the results of the poll will not affect the positions within the upper house or Bundesrat, the state is the home area of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will be watched to see how she is faring personally.
Most recent polls suggest that the current Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Christian Democrat Union (CDU) alliance will continue. The SPD are on around 35% of the vote; in 2006 they took 30.2% of the vote. The CDU are on 28% where previously they were on 28.8%.
The third party in the state, the left wing Die Linke or Left Party are on 17%, in 2006 they scored 16.8% of the vote.
The likely big losers in the campaign are the far right German nationalist party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), are on 4.5% which is below the 5% threshold. Previously they scored 7.3% and had six seats.
The other likely losers are the national coalition partners of the CDU, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who are standing on 4.5% and in 2006 had 9.6% of the vote and seven seats.
The Greens, who failed to reach the 5% threshold in 2006, are standing on 9% in the polls and are likely to have representation for the first time.