Status: 26.09.2023, 13:00 p.m.
By: Andreas Steppan, Franziska Konrad
Voting by mail: Postal voting is again extremely popular in the district in the state and district elections. © Sven Hoppe/dpa
Less than two weeks before the state and district elections, numerous citizens have already cast their votes. This is indicated by the high demand for absentee ballot documents in the town halls.
Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen – By Friday, significantly more than a third – more precisely: 38.4 percent – of eligible voters in Lenggries had applied for postal ballot documents. According to the electoral office, 2936 applications had been received, and there are a total of 7652 eligible voters in Lenggries. At a similar level are the figures, which the citizens' office in the Kochl town hall announces on request. By Monday morning, 1175 absentee ballot applications had been received from Kochler and 995 from Schlehdorf citizens. Converted to the number of 2983 and 995 eligible voters respectively in the two municipalities, this makes postal voting rates of 39.4 and 38.3 percent respectively.
Higher rate in Tölz than in 2018
In Bad Tölz, the number of absentee ballot applications by Friday was 4306 out of a total of 13,137 eligible voters. That makes a share of just under a third. "By election day, we expect well over 5000,2 applications," explains town hall spokeswoman Birte Otterbach. You can still apply for postal voting online until Monday, October 0. In the electoral office (room A05.6 in the town hall) even until Friday, October 12, 8 noon. According to Otterbach, the completed election documents must be received by 18 p.m. at the town hall (mailbox Am Schloßplatz 1) on election day, Sunday, October 3778, at the latest. Even now, the absentee ballot rate in Bad Tölz is significantly higher than in the state election five years ago, when, according to the press spokeswoman, <> postal voters were counted. She states: "The trend is clearly towards an increasing proportion of postal voters, we do not expect a record."
A good 30 percent of postal voters in Geretsried
Comparisons with other previous elections are only possible to a limited extent. "You have to look at each election separately," says Otterbach. "In the European elections, for example, there are significantly fewer postal voters because voter turnout is lower." In the most recent Bundestag election, on the other hand, 5033 citizens cast their votes by postal ballot. At that time, in September 2021, Corona still played an important role.
Of the approximately 17,500 eligible voters in Geretsried, 5389 have so far (as of Monday morning) applied for postal voting. All in all, that's a good 30 percent of all voters in the district's largest city. According to Thomas Loibl, press spokesman for the city of Geretsried, "a clear trend towards postal voting can be seen". Loibl: "The number of applications is increasing more and more."
This is what the deadlines look like in Wolfratshausen
A similar tenor comes from Wolfratshausen: According to city hall employee Helga Hacibekiroglu, 5400 absentee ballot applications have been received in the town hall so far. A total of 13,230 citizens are eligible to vote in the rafting town. Compared to the last election, the trend of postal voters has increased slightly. At that time, about 5000,6 Wolfratshausen residents preferred voting by mail to voting at the polling station. If you would like to do this again this year, you have until Friday, October 15, at 4 p.m. to pick up your absentee ballot documents in person at the town hall. This is online or by post until Wednesday. October <>th, possibly.
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