German election and referendum, 1936

The Reichstag election of March 29, 1936 took place simultaneously with the subsequent referendum authorizing the occupation of the Rhineland. Approved was only a Nazi- dominated unit list, as candidates on some designated as non-party guests as the election in November 1933. It was therefore a sham election, because the outcome had already been decided from the outset: Election and voting services (such as the Nazi regime intended) a clear approval.

Jews had lost the Reich Citizenship Law of September 15, 1935, the right to vote; the first time they were allowed, as well as so-called Jewish mongrels, not participate in a parliamentary election.


The unit list of the Nazi Party officially reached 98.8 % of the vote, 1.2% were invalid. It is important to note that even blank ballots counted as votes for the NSDAP, which thus received all the 741 seats in the Reichstag. 19 of the seats were occupied by guests.