Berlin election chief resigns after polling day chaos

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Berlin’s chief election officer resigned on Wednesday after facing widespread criticism for a series of organizational blunders during Germany’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. “I accept responsibility in my role as state returning officer for the conditions in conducting the election,” Petra Michaelis said. She asked the Berlin Senate to relieve her of her duties and appoint a successor. Michaelis had already publicly apologized on Tuesday, but took the decision to resign as pressure on her increased. Long queues built up in Berlin during Sunday’s election, with some voters waiting two hou…

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