1941 Estmerish general election
All 600 seats in the Chamber of Commons
301 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||27,239,134 (84.68%; 5.3 pp)|
The 1941 Estmerish general election was a snap election held on 21 October 1941. It followed the collapse of the centre-right government of the Hugo Gilbert, who had succeeded Lawrence Montgomerie as Prime Minister after his sudden death in 1939. All 600 seats of the Chamber of Commons were up for election.
The leadership of the parties was seen as a key factor influencing swing voters. Vincent Holmes was seen as a capable, experienced leader who had served in the wartime government-in-exile. With his thick Ricardian accent he was also seen as naturally in touch with the common people. This was contrasted with Gilbert, who was seen as divisive, lacked the charisma or skill of Montgomerie, and whose aristocratic background impaired him greatly. The new Sotirian People's Party leader Josue Godfray also attacked Gilbert's record, giving the governing coalition an image of disunity.
The SDCP led a two-pronged campaign; they pushed the ethical and economic case for socialism, advocating for widespead social reform across the country. The party promised a massive housebuilding campaign, the creation of an extensive welfare state and an aim for full employment. This mannifesto appealed both to their working class base, and to the socially-minded middle classes who feared a return to the deprivation and unemployment of the Great Collapse. The SPP campaign focused on Sotirian values, on maintaining Estmere's place in the world, and on the legacy of Montgomerie. The NDP also focused on international issues, and tried to promote the few successes of Gilbert's administration. Both centre-right parties also attacked the SDCP plans as the "road to councilism", accusing Holmes himself of being a "diehard communist". These attacks backfired, instead painting the centre-right parties as extremist.
The Social Democratic and Co-operative Party made major advances on its 1938 vote, winning an overall majority in an electoral system where this was uncommon. Turnout increased massively across the country, benefiting the SDCP. President Godfredson called on Holmes to assemble Estmere's first post-war majority government.
There were 27,220,066 valid ballots cast. Turnout was 84.68%, which is to date the highest recorded turnout for an Estmerish general election held under universal suffrage. This represented a 5.3% increase on the votes cast in the 1938 election, with 27,239,134 voters taking part in the election.
|Social Democratic and Co-operative Party||13,077,508||48.04||12,547,418||46.10||326||93|
|Sotirian People's Party||6,417,540||23.58||5,065,285||18.61||126||56|
|National Democratic Party||4,129,453||15.17||3,626,720||13.32||79||4|
|Estmerish Section of the Workers' International||844,413||3.10||2,017,468||7.41||37||14|
|United Liberal Party||1,334,718||4.90||1,419,442||5.21||16||3|
|Rally of the Republic||264,220||0.97||667,918||2.45||3||14|
|Party of the Swathish||49,030||0.18||115,768||0.43||2|
|All other parties||59,926||0.22||82,867||0.30||–||–|
|Source: EBS News Archive|