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The Senbatsu Election (選抜総選挙) (also known as Senbatsu Sousenkyo) is an annual event where fans can vote for their favorite AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 or HKT48 members. After the votes are submitted, the 80 members who received the most votes are announced on the day of the election. These top members who have the most votes are grouped by the ranking that they attained. The groups called Senbatsu (#1 to #16), Undergirls (#17 to #32), Next Girls (#33 to 48), Future Girls (#49 to #64) and Upcoming Girls (#65 to #80). Each of these five groups releases a song and music video in the following single.

AKB48's overseas sister groups, JKT48, BNK48 and MNL48 also have their own sousenkyo. SNH48 Group also has its own sousenkyo.

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

2009

1st AKB48 13th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Iiwake Maybe Tobenai Agehachou
Member

2010

2nd AKB48 17th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Heavy Rotation Namida no SeeSaw Game
Member

2011

3rd AKB48 22nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Flying Get Dakishimechaikenai
Member

2012

4th AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki"
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls
Song Gingham Check Nante Bohemian Do Re Mi Fa Onchi Show Fight!
Member

2013

5th AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Yume wa Hitori ja Mirarenai"
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls
Song Koi Suru Fortune Cookie Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita Kondo Koso Ecstasy Suitei Marmalade
Member

2014

AKB48
6th AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Yume no Genzaichi ~Rival wa Doko da~"
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls Upcoming Girls
Song Kokoro no Placard Dareka ga Nageta Ball Hito Natsu no Hankouki Seikaku ga Warui Onna no Ko Chewing Gum no Aji ga Naku Naru Made
Member


2015

7th AKB48 41st Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls Upcoming Girls
Song Halloween Night Sayonara Surfboard Mizu no Naka no Dendouritsu Kimi ni Wedding Dress wo... Kimi Dake ga Akimeiteita
Member

2016

8th AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Bokutachi wa Dare ni Tsuiteikeba ii"
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls Upcoming Girls
Song LOVE TRIP/Shiawase wo Wakenasai Densetsu no Sakana Shinka Shitenee Jan Kishi ga Mieru Umi Kara 2016-nen no Invitation
Member

2017

9th AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls Upcoming Girls
Song #SukiNanda (Song) Darashinai Itoshikata Tomadotte Tameratte Jibuntachi no Koi ni Kagitte Tsuki no Kamen
Member

2018

10th AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls Upcoming Girls 10th World Senbatsu General Election Commemorative Category
Song Sentimental Train Sandal ja Dekinai Koi Tomodachi ja nai ka? Aru Hi Fui ni... Hitonatsu no Dekigoto Nami ga Tsutaeru Mono
Member

JKT48 Senbatsu Elections

2014

1st JKT48 6th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu
Song Gingham Check
Member
    • Senbatsu (16 members)
    • 73 members participating

2015

2nd JKT48 10th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Kibouteki Refrain Boku Dake no value
Member

2016

3rd JKT48 13th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Mae Shika Mukanee Dakishimechaikenai
Member

2017

4th JKT48 17th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Suzukake Nanchara Hikaeme I love you!
Member

2018

5th JKT48 20th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song High Tension Tsugi no Season
Member

2019

6th JKT48 Original Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Rapsodi Sweet & Bitter
Member

BNK48 Senbatsu Election

2019

1st BNK48 6th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Beginner Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara
Member

2020

2nd BNK48 9th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song TBA TBA TBA
Member

MNL48 Senbatsu Election

2018

1st MNL48 1st General Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song Aitakatta N/A N/A
Member

2019

2nd MNL48 2nd General Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song Kimi wa Melody Gingham Check N/A
Member

2020

3rd MNL48 3rd General Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song TBA TBA TBA
Member TBA TBA TBA

SNH48 Senbatsu Election

2014

1st SNH48 1st General Elections
Center Senbatsu
Song UZA
Member
    • Senbatsu (16 members)
    • 73 members participating

2015

2nd SNH48 2nd Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls
Song Halloween Night Sayonara Surfboard
Member

2016

3rd SNH48 3rd Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song Princess's Cloak Yang You Guanxi Aiyo Shou Yo
Member

2017

4th SNH48 4th Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls
Song Dawn in Naples Glorious Times Memories with You & I Rongzhuang Xinyang
Member

2018

5th SNH48 5th Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls Future Girls
Song Endless Story Zhong Wu Yan Tiankong Xin Twinkle Twinkle
Member

2019

6th SNH48 6th Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song Poetry About Time Bravery You Ni
Member

2020

7th SNH48 7th Senbatsu Election
Center Senbatsu Undergirls Next Girls
Song TBA TBA TBA
Member TBA TBA TBA
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