As a follow-up to yesterday’s report on postal vote mischief in Lower Saxony, the article below talks about the role mail-in ballots will play in the upcoming elections all across Germany.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this piece from PolitikStube:
A rogue, who thinks this stinks: Big cities record extremely high increases in postal votes
A record number of postal voters is expected in this year’s general election, and in some cities the number of postal votes has almost doubled.
The postal vote was actually intended as an exception for those people who, for age-related and health reasons for example, would not be able to cast their vote in person at the polling station, in order to enable the chance to participate. Until 2008, participation in the postal vote had to be credibly justified, after which this was no longer required.
In France, postal voting was abolished for fear of manipulation. In Germany, however, this is praised as a safe option and “of course” does not affect the election results. For Joe Biden, the postal ballots that suddenly appeared during the night were a stroke of luck and paved the way to the White House.
Postal voting has been made the rule in Germany, which increases voter turnout on the one hand and increases the likelihood of influencing it on the other hand, and can be useful for the desired election result.
A significant increase in postal voters is expected in the federal election due to the Corona pandemic. A survey by Welt am Sonntag in ten major cities shows that this is significantly higher than expected.
So far, Frankfurt am Main has sent 160,500 postal ballot papers, almost twice as many as in the previous federal election in the same period.
Bremen also recorded a doubling to currently more than 130,000 postal voting slips. Düsseldorf also registered around 50 percent more applications (170,000) than in the last federal election.
So far, more than 463,000 postal voting documents have been requested in Munich (comparable period 2017: 285,286). Hamburg has so far sent 497,761 postal votes (comparable period 2017: 323,692). 850,373 ballot papers have already been issued in Berlin, around 290,000 more than at the same time as the last federal election.