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, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, or Team Kaigai member, analogous to a popularity contest. The members who receive the most votes are announced on the day of the election, but votes are submitted beforehand.
Currently, the 80 members who have the most votes are then grouped: Senbatsu (#1~#16), Undergirls (#17~#32), Next Girls (#33~48), Future Girls (#49~#64) and Upcoming Girls (#65~#80). Each of these five groups releases their own song and music video for the following single.
- AKB48 13th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kamisama ni Chikatte Gachi Desu"
- AKB48 17th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kaasan ni Chikatte, Gachi Desu"
- AKB48 22nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kotoshi mo Gachi Desu" (First time including NMB48 members)
- AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki" (First time including HKT48 members)
- AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Yume wa Hitori ja Mirarenai" (First time including graduated members and Team Kaigai)
- AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Yume no Genzaichi ~Rival wa Doko da~" (First time including Team 8 members)
- AKB48 41st Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Juni Yoso Fukano, Oare no Ichiya"
- AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo 〜Bokutachi wa Dare ni Tsuiteikeba ii?〜 (First time including NGT48 members)
- AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo 〜Mazu wa Tatakaou! Hanashi wa Sorekara da〜 (First time including STU48 members)
- AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo (First time including ALL48 groups outside Japan)