You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?

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    Without knowing the specifics, I would guess it's just signaling. The MP shows how they are going to vote and tells the others to vote in the same way. Similar practices are very common in various voting situations. – Jouni Sirén Jan 24 '19 at 22:43
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    The voting procedure is to cast personalized cards (blue = yes, red = no, white = abstain) into boxes; holding up the card is not part of the voting itself. – chirlu Jan 24 '19 at 23:03

The use of cards is a rule designated by Rule 52 of the Rules of procedure to document members who don't participate so that they can be fined for not participating. The normal voting procedure (that is the one NOT designated by Rule 52).

allows precise figures on the results of the vote and the majorities obtained to be recorded, but does not indicate which Members were absent. It is therefore common in parliamentary practice for a vote using voting cards bearing Members' names, in accordance with Rule 52 of the Rules of Procedure, to be demanded in such cases. Under this rule, instead of the vote being taken by a show of hands, all Members cast their votes using a voting card bearing their names and their vote ("Yes", "No", "I abstain"). The name of each Member together with his or her vote is then published in the stenographic record of the sitting. In addition, Members who fail to participate in a vote of this kind are penalised by having a certain amount deducted from their expense allowance.

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  • This doesn’t actually address the question, which is why members are holding up their voting cards (which isn’t part of the voting itself). – Apart from that, there are also inaccuracies. This is a different procedure from a Hammelsprung (division), as your quoted source also says (“a counting of votes (the so-called Hammelsprung) or a vote using voting cards bearing Members' names” – note the “or”); and the procedure is neither exclusive to votes that may override an objection from the Bundesrat nor that require an absolute or supermajority. – chirlu Feb 1 '19 at 16:58
  • I modified the answer and shortened it. The holding up of cards is documenting who votes for what and guarantees an accurate count. This focuses more on the why. I have removed references to the Hammelsprung. – Karlomanio Feb 1 '19 at 17:31
  • Does "using a card" mean just holding it up? chirlu's comment (which is unsourced) claims that the normal process is to deposit those cards into a box. – indigochild Feb 1 '19 at 18:12
  • @indigochild: Here is a source in German: bundestag.de/service/glossar/glossar/N/nam_abst/245502 I actually believe Jouni Sirén’s comment is the right answer, but I couldn’t find anything definitive. – chirlu Feb 1 '19 at 21:29

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