Status: 26.09.2023, 06:00 a.m.
By: Hans Moritz
Quite unwieldy: Magdalena Fellermair (left) and Verena Pirschlinger, reporters of the local newspaper, present the ballot papers for the second vote state parliament (white) and district parliament (blue) in front of the town hall. © Ramona Höllerer
Today, in two weeks, the new state and district parliament will be elected. Many citizens have long since voted by mail. And they have made the experience: In order to get a grip on the ballot papers, you really need rubber arms.
Erding - Because the two ballot papers for second votes have the format of a fluffy bath towel - bearable on the kitchen table, but it could be tight in the voting booth.
We took a look: Who is standing for election on Sunday, October 8, in constituency 116, which corresponds to the district of Erding? Important to know: Each voter has a total of four votes: one each for the direct candidate state and district parliament and one second vote each for the list.
13 people or parties are running for the state parliament. They are noted on the smaller, white ballot papers. So much in advance: There are some curiosities. These are the direct candidates: Ulrike Scharf (CSU), Laetitia Wegmann (Greens), Sven Krage (FW), Martin Huber (AfD), Benedikt Klingbeil (SPD), Anne Connelly (FDP), Nicola Schmidt-Kursch (Die Linke), Simone Binder (Bavaria Party), Wolfgang Reiter (ÖDP), Carina Fiedler (Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Welfare, Elite Promotion and Grassroots Initiative/"The Party"), Ronja Angermaier (V-Party for Change, Vegetarians and Vegans), Alexandra Motschmann (Die Basis) and Darico Schade (Volt Party).
There are also 13 direct candidates at the district council (blue ballot): Max Götz (CSU), Cornelia Ermeier (Greens), Maria Grasser (FW), Manuela Schulz (AfD), Alexander Gutwill (SPD), Rosmarie Neumeier-Korn (FDP), Florian Baum (Die Linke), Andreas Zimmer (Bavaria Party), Felix Mayr (ÖDP), Dominic Pöllath (Die Partei), Ronja Angermaier (V-Party), Ulrich Peitsmeier (Basis-Partei) and Felix Browarzik (Volt-Party). Strikingly, Angermaier is running for the state and district parliaments – an expression of the fact that the V-Party probably has no chance of entering one of the two parliaments.
Not 13, but 15 parties are on the second ballot paper. The Animal Welfare Party and the Humanist Party are also registered here. The second vote lists are based on the administrative district, i.e. only Upper Bavaria.
Here, too, the voter has to decide specifically for one candidate at a time, the electoral law does not provide for a (party) list cross, as in the local elections, for example, says Robert Buckenmaier of the Erding town hall on request.
The second vote can also be used to specifically promote party representatives from the Erding district and constituency. In the state parliament, these are Rudolf Waxenberger (CSU/22nd place), Annett Burgarth (Greens/41st place), Birgit Obermaier (FW/38th place), Dirk Meisel (FDP/51st place) or Josephine Arnold (ÖDP/44th place). A special feature is AfD candidate Rainer Forster from Kirchberg. He competes in Ebersberg and is ranked 19th on the Upper Bavaria list. However, he recently announced that he would leave the AfD the day after the election. Theoretically, he could get so many votes that he moves into the state parliament. There, however, he would be a non-attached member from day one, unless he joins another party. Forster's resignation announcement came so late that the ballots could no longer be changed.
The election notifications have now been sent out, with which you can apply for a postal vote in your home town hall – in Erding this is in the Frauenkircherl – or bring it to the voting room on election day.
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It is already clear that the trend towards postal voting is continuing: this year, for example, there are 25,071 (state parliament) and 25,044 (district council) eligible voters in the city of Erding. So far, 8633 times the absentee ballot documents have been requested, reports town hall spokesman Christian Wanninger. By way of comparison, there were 2014 postal voters in the 4081 European election, 2027 in the 8075 Bundestag election, 7973 in the state election five years ago, 2019 in the 6853 European election, 2020 in the 9316 local election and 2021,12 in the 932 Bundestag election. In the last two votes, according to the performance report of the city of Erding, there were more postal voters than ballot box voters for the first time.
Information and tips on the election can be found on the Internet at www.deinewahl.bayern.de. Some authorities also have information brochures, which are also available in plain language. Ham