Status: 04.12.2023, 11:10 a.m.
The re-elected head of the town hall, Andreas Braunegger, with his wife Heidi and fellow mayor Wilfried Lechler (left) from Pürgen. © Jais
Denklingen – Braunegger (55) attributed the very low voter turnout on Sunday evening to two reasons in an initial statement on Sunday evening. On the one hand, he had no opponent, and on the other hand, the wintry weather with the masses of snow had prevented many from going to the polling station.
Braunegger himself, who had been nominated by the CSU and Free Citizens, made a postal vote. He spent Sunday relaxing. After the announcement of the rapid announcement, he was relaxed in the circle of family and friends in the Bürgersaal, where champagne, beer, wine and water were toasted to the re-election.
At a quarter to eight o'clock, Birgit Jost – the business manager at Denklingen town hall acted as election officer – announced the provisional official final result together with deputy mayor Norbert Walter. Braunegger won 64.5 percent of the vote. 35.5 percent were names entered by citizens on the ballot paper.
Who was able to gather how many votes in the open field? Almost twelve percent of the voters entered the name Norbert Walter, which corresponds to 98 votes. He has been deputy mayor since May 2014. 20 votes went to Ludwig Kirchbichler, head of the football department at VfL Denklingen, and 19 to former municipal councillor Anita Gropp.
Out of about 2280 eligible voters, less than 900 Denklinger, Epfacher and Dienhauser exercised their right to vote. To be exact, there were 878. Of these, 832 of the yellow ballots were valid. More than 40 were invalid – more than five percent.
This means that in a municipality with almost 3000 inhabitants, 537 votes were enough for Braunegger to be re-elected with a clear result. This is less than in the first election in January 2018. At that time, it had reached 60 percent. Voter turnout was already below 2018 percent in January 50.
Best in Epfach
It was striking that Braunegger was able to gather a good three-quarters of the votes in Epfach this time. In the small village of Dienhausen, on the other hand, the figure was just under 59 percent. In Denklingen, the figure was 61 percent. In the postal voting district, which was counted in the Bürgersaal of the town hall, just under 64 percent were reported.
Wilfried Lechler, mayor of the municipality of Pürgen, was also present at the small celebration after the election. He came from collegial solidarity. Lechler and his colleague Braunegger also toasted the result in the well-tempered Bürgersaal, while the thermometer outside dropped to minus 15 degrees.
Mayor Braunegger was relieved. When asked what he was doing on Monday, he said: "The work continues as it left off on Friday."