Even though the preliminary results of this year’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo or General Election, have been revealed you might have felt sad because your favorite member didn’t rank high enough, however there’s still hope!
Voting is possible until the 17th of June at 3PM JST however it’s a little tricky for international fans to show their support.
How to Vote in the Senbatsu Sousenkyo!
There in total 20 different methods to vote in this year’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo however each one of them requires you spend money one way or another.
The “simplest” way & most commonly used by international fans to vote is by buying/importing the 44th AKB Single Tsubasa wa Iranai, which comes with a leaflet with a serial number you can use to vote. Of course, you can buy all 3 different types which will of course give you more votes than if you were to buy only 1 of the types, but it would result into spending more money, of course.
As for the other 19th methods, they all involve spending money on some kind of membership. These memberships are:
- AKB48 Fanclub membership
- AKB48 OFFICIAL NET membership
- AKB48 Official Smartphone App Membership
- AKB48 Group Revival!!ON DEMAND membership
- AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 or NGT48 LIVE!! ON DEMAND Membership
- AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 or NGT48 Mobile Membership
- AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 or NGT48 Mail Membership
All of these memberships excluding the Fanclub one, are unfortunately only available through a Japanese phone number, a Japanese VPN, or Japanese Internet Service. However, even though there is a large variety of options which you can use to vote, each one comes with a price.
The voting period started on May 31st at 10AM JST and will end on June 17th at 3PM JST with the results being revealed the following day on the 18th of June at the HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata.
In addition, AKB48 released a video on their official YouTube channel explaining how to use each method to vote on the official Senbatsu Sousenkyo website with the explanation on how to use the leaflet which is included with the Tsubasa wa Iranai single release starting at 3:02.
There will be links below to where you can purchase AKB48’s 44th single Tsubasa wa Iranai if you’re interested.
Type-A includes: Tsubasa wa Iranai, Set Me Free & Koi wo suru to Baka wo Miru as well as the Off-vocal versions of those songs.
Type-B includes: Tsubasa wa Iranai, Set Me Free & Kangaeru Hito as well as the Off-vocal versions of those songs.
Type-C includes: Tsubasa wa Iranai, Aishuu no Trumpeter & Yume e no Route as well as the Off-vocal versions of those songs.