Local election 2021: Probably many runoff elections in Lower Saxony | NDR.de – Nachrichten – Lower Saxony

Status: 12.09.2021 10:20 p.m.

Today is the local election in Lower Saxony. Citizens could cast their votes until 6 p.m. Who are the winners of the elections, who are the losers? You can find all important results here.

In the case of numerous mayor and district council elections, the decision will only be made in two weeks due to the lack of absolute majorities. In the Election for regional president in the Hanover region, a runoff election between SPD candidate Steffen Krach and Christine Karasch from the CDU is emerging. As of 10:24 p.m., Krach had 37.2 percent and Karasch 29.5 percent of the vote. In Lower Saxony’s second largest city, Braunschweig, SPD applicant Thorsten Kornblum (38.7 percent) was clearly ahead of Kaspar Haller from the CDU (26.8 percent) at 7:37 p.m. – here, too, there is a runoff election. The fight for a place in the runoff election in Osnabrück is very exciting. Behind CDU candidate Katharina Pötter (35.7 percent) were Annette Niermann from the Greens with 26.7 percent and Frank Henning (SPD) with 24.1 percent at 9:17 p.m. In Göttingen it is even tighter: behind the leading SPD candidate Petra Broistedt (33.2 percent), Doreen Fragel (Greens) with 28.8 percent and Ehsan Kangarani (CDU) with 28.5 percent (as of 9:22 p.m.) are fighting for the second place in the runoff.

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Runoff elections in Wolfsburg, Oldenburg and Lüneburg

In the mayoral election in Wolfsburg there is a runoff between CDU candidate Dennis Weilmann (43.0 percent) and Iris Bothe (SPD), which according to the preliminary final result comes to 32.4 percent. In Oldenburg, incumbent Jürgen Krogmann (SPD) won the most votes with 40.9 percent. He runs in the runoff against the candidate of the Greens, Daniel Furhop (29.9 percent). CDU candidate Ulrich Gathmann was significantly behind with 18.4 percent. In Lüneburg there will be a runoff between the Greens applicant Claudia Johanna Kalisch and the non-party Heiko Meyer. According to the preliminary final result, Kalisch came to 33.7 percent, Meyer to 22.7 percent. Lüneburg has been led by SPD politician Ulrich Mädge for the past 30 years, but the incumbent did not stand for reasons of age.

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A picture collage of the candidates for the mayor's runoff election in Wolfsburg, Dennis Weilmann (CDU) and Iris Bothe (SPD). Photo: Dennis Weilmann / Iris Bothe

In two weeks, citizens will have to choose between Iris Bothe (SPD) and Dennis Weilmann (CDU). more

A voter throws his ballot for the local elections into the ballot box at a polling station in the classroom of a school. © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich

On September 26th, the runoff election will decide who will succeed Lüneburg’s permanent mayor Ulrich Mägde (SPD). more


Prime Minister Stephan Weil makes a statement on the local elections in 2021 at an SPD election party. © NDR

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Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister comments on the first interim results at an election party of the SPD on election evening. 1 min

Absolute majorities in Hildesheim, Hameln and Goslar possible

The decision could be made in Hildesheim today. Here the non-party Ingo Meyer was clearly ahead of the competition at 9:39 p.m. with 58.6 percent. Claudio Griese (CDU) also has a good chance of an absolute majority in the first ballot in Hameln. As of 8:34 p.m., he got 51.7 percent and was clearly ahead of Robert Michael Wycislo (SPD) with 19.6 percent of the vote. In Goslar, Urte Schwerdtner could already decide the OB election for himself today. At 9:01 p.m. it was close to the necessary absolute majority with 49.3 percent – and well ahead of CDU candidate Oliver Junk (32.2 percent).

The election trend in Lower Saxony


Relatively high voter turnout

The turnout at 4.30 p.m. was 44.0 percent. As the state election control in Hanover further announced, five years ago at the same time it was 44.3 percent. However, only the votes cast on site are included in this number. Because of the corona pandemic, according to several municipalities, this time an above-average number of people voted by letter. A random sample by the regional election management showed that around 23.2 percent of those eligible to vote applied for postal voting documents. A comparative figure for the previous local elections is not available.

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Election workers empty a ballot box with ballot papers in a primary school that houses a polling station for local elections. © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich

Clear decision or runoff? You can find the first results and interesting information about the local elections in Lower Saxony here. more

6.5 million Lower Saxony are entitled to vote

The district councils, the Hanover regional assembly, the city, community and joint municipal councils as well as the city district councils and the local councils are to be voted on. At the same time, many main administrative officials, i.e. district administrators, mayors and mayors, are elected. Around 6.5 million people in Lower Saxony were allowed to vote, including 375,000 first-time voters between the ages of 16 and 21. From other EU countries 317,000 people were eligible to make their cross.

Focus on local issues

Local elections are not about the big picture, as is the case with federal or state elections. It’s about the problems that are very close to people’s everyday lives. Will a bypass be built? Who pays for the swimming pool renovation?

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