Dresden mayor election: What you need to know about the second ballot

Dresden mayor election: What you need to know about the second ballot

Election notifications, postal voting, instant voting: Dresden prepares for second and final polling. These are the most important questions and answers.

On June 27, the Postal Voting Office in Dresden will open again. A second ballot is required to elect the mayor.
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Dresden. With none of the nine candidates receiving more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday, Dresden residents are invited to vote for the second and final time. In the second ballot, the candidate with the most votes wins. What does that mean for the approximately 434,000 eligible voters? Does the city send out new election notifications? Do I have to apply for voting documents again if I want to vote by mail? These are the most important questions and answers for the second ballot.

When will the second ballot take place?

The date for the second poll has already been set. On Sunday, July 10, a final decision will be made on who will head the city’s administration for the next seven years.

It is not yet clear who will be on the ballot paper. Because until this Friday, 6 p.m., candidates still have a chance to withdraw their applications to the OB. The only certainty so far is that Andre Schulbach of the left and Albrecht Ballas of the SPD will not run for the second time. They are calling for the election of the Green Party candidate, Eva Jennigen. The field of applicants melts – as of Tuesday – seven candidates.

Once it’s clear who will start the second round of campaigning, the ballot papers will begin printing this weekend, city election official Markus Blücher says.

Will I receive a second vote notification?

No, says Blocher. At polling stations, election notifications were not kept on Sunday. It is also valid for the second round of voting and must be submitted again on July 10 with your ID when you cast your vote.

Exceptions apply to Dresden residents who have just moved to the state capital and are entitled to vote on the second ballot only. You will receive a notification in the mail or already have it in the mailbox, Blocher confirms.

Do I have to re-apply for postal voting documents?

According to Blocher, no one who has already applied for mail-in voting documents for the first ballot has to apply again for the second ballot. Voting documents will be automatically mailed by the City to the addresses provided, unless expressly stated otherwise.

Shipping begins June 27, depending on the city. Ballot letters must then be sent in such a way that they will be received at the address given in the ballot letter by 6 p.m. on election day on Sunday at the latest.

What if I voted at the polling station and now want to vote by mail?

In this case, it is necessary to apply for a vote by mail. This is possible as of Wednesday, June 15th. The easiest way to do this is online, but you can also submit a written request (see the address behind the election notice) or an email request. [email protected] Probably. In the last week of June, Dresden residents had the opportunity to apply for documents in person at the postal polling office in Theaterstrasse and take them with them on the spot.

Can I vote in advance by voting by mail?

yes. If you don’t want to mail your completed Postal Voting Receipt, you can go directly to the Postal Voting Office, hand in documents, vote there, and hand everything over immediately. The office opens in the Bürgerbüro Altstadt, Theaterstraße 11 on June 27. Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. The last chance to vote immediately is Friday, July 8, at 4 p.m.

Where was the highest turnout and where was the lowest?

In the first ballot, turnout was 47.7 percent. Compared to the federal election in the fall, there were far fewer voters, says Lyuba Bucher, head of the local statistics office. However, compared to mayoral elections since the fall of communism, turnout on Sunday was the second-highest. Residents of Gönnsdorf-Pappritz exercised their right to vote the most, with 59.4 percent of those eligible to vote there. In contrast, participation was always lower in the prefabricated construction areas of Prohlis and Gorbitz. The lowest voter turnout was recorded on Sunday in Prohlis-Süd at 27.2 percent.

As a rule, participation in the second round of voting is lower. While the proportion of voters in the first ballot in 2015 was 51.1 percent, a month later it was only 42.7 percent in the second ballot.

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