1934 German referendum

A referendum on merging the posts of Chancellor and President was held in Nazi Germany on 19 August 1934,[1] seventeen days after the death of President Paul von Hindenburg. The German leadership sought to gain approval for Adolf Hitler's assumption of supreme power. The referendum was associated with widespread intimidation of voters, and Hitler used the resultant large "yes" vote to claim public support for his activities as the de facto head of state of Germany. In fact, he had assumed these offices and powers immediately upon Hindenburg's death and used the referendum to legitimise that move and take the title Führer und Reichskanzler (Führer and Reich Chancellor).

1934 German referendum

19 August 1934

The office of the President of the Reich is unified with the office of the Chancellor. Consequently all former powers of the President of the Reich are transmitted to the Führer and Chancellor of the Reich Adolf Hitler. He himself nominates his substitute. Do you, German man and German woman, approve of this regulation provided by this law?
Votes  %
Yes 38,394,848 89.93%
No 4,300,370 10.07%
Valid votes 42,695,218 97.99%
Invalid or blank votes 873,668 2.01%
Total votes 43,568,886 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 45,552,059 95.65%
Banner with the campaign message "Yes to the Führer!" on a school building in Fürth

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