Here’s how the state elections are going in the bad kissingen constituency

The upcoming state and district elections are also a logistical challenge: "the ballots arrived in two trucks, which meant a total of 50 pallets", reports klaus plescher. The area manager at the district administration office is the deputy election officer in the voting district of bad kissingen. The campaign covers not only the district of bad kissingen, but also the western district of rhon-grabfeld: a total of 10,33,000 copies of the four ballots were printed for each of the 35 municipalities. "The documents are all out", reports plescher on the distribution. Nevertheless, there is still a lot to do.

Klaus plescher’s desk is full of election documents. After a european election, the state election is only the second that plescher is in charge of centrally. "Otherwise, i was usually a polling station assistant." Election officer is lawyer and head of department nina opfermann. But most of the questions go to plescher: "there have been staff changes in many municipalities", he reports. That’s why there are so many inquiries.

Testing small polling stations

From 2. September the municipalities could send out the election notifications. 1775 of the 17,635 eligible voters have already applied to the city of bad kissingen for the brieahl, 550 of them online. 10.1 percent already have the ballots at home.

The preparations also include plescher taking another look at all the registered polling stations: "the data must be correct so that everything runs smoothly on election night." The municipalities are urged to pay out the state election first. "The bezirkstagswahl comes then only on monday", says plescher. He is glad that the three referendums discussed earlier will not also be put to the vote. Only the referendum on the burgerhaus hammelburg is scheduled for 14. October still on.

Plescher took a close look at some polling stations because they are close to the lower limit of 50 voters. In singenrain, for example, there were only 94 eligible voters in the federal election, but 89 of them voted, 70 even directly at the polling station. 3. Mayor and local spokesman jurgen metz has already distributed appeals so that as many voters as possible can cast their ballots again this year on 14. October come to the fire station.

The constituency election officers are responsible for the proper conduct of the election, the results of the state parliamentary election will be announced on 14 december. October the state election commissioner announced. The electoral district of lower franconia loses one delegate compared to 2013: instead of 20, there are now only 19. This was based on the population statistics from 2016, according to daniela lamprecht from the office of the state election administration.

Unlike the federal election, the composition of the state parliament depends on the sum of all first and second votes, broken down by district. The direct candidates in the ten voting districts in lower franconia are set; five years ago, all five went to the CSU. If the CSU is entitled to fewer seats in the state parliament, there are even overhang mandates.

Although the second vote is actually used to elect people, voters can also tick a party: "if the cross was made at the top of the second vote for the candidate, the second vote is still valid and is included in the proportional representation calculation for the candidate", lamprecht clarifies on request. Even if several candidates are marked on a party list, the ballot paper is not thereby invalidated.

Voting districts for the 2018 state election bavaria is divided into 91 voting districts. The voting district of bad kissingen is part of the electoral district of lower franconia, which is identical to the district of lower franconia. The constituency includes all 26 municipalities in the district of bad kissingen as well as nine municipalities in the district of rhon-grabfeld, namely bischofsheim, oberelsbach, sandberg, fladungen, hausen, nordheim, ostheim and sondheim vor der rhon as well as willmars.

State parliament direct candidates for the state parliament are sandro kirchner (CSU), norbert schaub (SPD), yatin shah (grune), matthias kleren (freie wahler), christian hansch (linke), hans-joachim hofstetter (FDP), freia lippold (afd), frank sadlo (BP), michaela reinhard (odp) and chrsistiane von thungen (die franken). The lists include eight more candidates from the district: steffen hortler (CSU), petra winter (grune), patrik dorsch (odp), benjamin wildenauer (pirates), christian metz (franken), patrick gebner (afd) and malte schilling and beate schilling (mut).

The following candidates are running directly for the district parliament: karin renner (CSU), tobias schneider (SPD), dominik sitter (freie wahler), irina honig (grune), adelheid zimmermann (FDP), matthias freund (linke), franz sadlo (BP), waldemar bug (odp), christiane von thungen (franken) and patrick gebner (afd).

Soder urges calm and made a relaxed impression in bad kissingen on thursday evening. He is rightly not impressed by poor poll results, because bavarian electoral law is quite different from that of the federal republic of germany. In the bundestag, only the second vote counts in the end. If someone gives a pity vote to a candidate because they like the nose, glasses or slogan on the poster, it doesn’t matter.

In bavaria, however, all first- and second-place votes are lumped together. This could help the CSU, because in 2013 the CSU won 89 of the then 90 constituencies. Sandro kirchner, for example, received 54.4 percent of the first-time votes. If he manages that again this year, the CSU would have had to make a huge drop in the second votes in order to drop to 35 percent in total. And even if they did, the CSU could be sure of ten direct mandates. However, overhang mandates could inflate the state parliament. The situation for barbara stamm, on the other hand, looks bad: after 52 years in the state parliament, the popular president of the state parliament has been allowed to retire – regardless of how many second votes she gets.

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