As with the first ballot for the local elections two weeks ago, the city of Hanover is also reporting record interest in postal votes for the Bundestag elections on Sunday. When the postal voting stations in the New Town Hall and in the Vahrenwald leisure center were closed on Friday evening, she had released more than 117,000 documents. A third of all eligible voters took advantage of this opportunity. For comparison: when the ballot four years ago there were 78,600 postal ballot papers.
When it comes to postal voting, there is less interest in the parallel run-off election for the regional president between Steffen Krach (SPD) and Christine Karasch (CDU). Although more citizens are allowed to participate in this ballot because of the lower minimum age, the city only registered just under 102,000 applications.
Voting is still possible
Experience has shown that not all voting letters are sent back to the electoral office. Anyone who has not yet done so, but still wants to vote, can throw their election letter in an urn in the New Town Hall on Trammplatz at the weekend. The cast iron mailboxes at the main entrance on both sides are also available for this purpose. They are emptied at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Not only the city of Hanover reports a postal voting record for the federal elections, but also the surrounding area. According to the region, more than 134,000 voters had applied for documents there by Thursday evening. In 2017 there were around 90,000.
From Bernd Haase