About 60.4 million people are eligible to vote in Germany on September 26 — that’s a drop of 1.3 million on the last general election four years ago. And more than half of the electorate is over the age of 50.
This shift is part of a broader demographic change in Germany that continues to see more deaths than births in the country. But while migration has helped to stabilize Germany’s population, many of those migrants are not able to vote. As a result, Germany’s electorate is becoming older and smaller.