Municipal elections: more local results – salzburg.ORF.at

In Forstau (Pongau), ÖVP candidate Martina Rettensteiner achieved a second election. In Thomadal (Lungau) Klaus Triesler was elected mayor with more than 92 percent approval. In Mühr (Lungau), the ÖVP became the strongest party with 54 percent of the vote. In Weißpriach (Lungau), Stefan Palffy (ÖVP) was elected mayor with almost 98 percent approval.

In Krimml, incumbent Erich Czerny (ÖVP) was re-elected with a good 56 percent of the vote. In Untertauern (Pongau) Johann Habersatter was confirmed in office with 60 percent of the vote, in Fusch an der Glocknerstrasse (Pinzgau) Hannes Schernthaner (ÖVP) with almost 90 percent of the vote and Franz Kaml in Tweng (Lungau). 93 percent Lessach Peter Perner (ÖVP) almost 79 percent, Hintersee (Flachgau) Paul Weissenbacher (ÖVP) 75 percent.

Several officials confirmed

In Weißbach near Lofer (Pinzgau), the incumbent Josef Michael Hohenwarter (ÖVP) was confirmed with 69 percent, as well as Heinrich Perner (ÖVP) in St.Andrä (Lungau) with a good 82 percent and Andreas Kaiser (ÖV Kaiser) in Mariapfar (Lungau). With less than 62 percent, 61 percent in St.Margarethen (Lungau) Johann Lüftenegger and a good 73 percent in Dienten (Pinzgau) Klaus Portenkirchner (SPÖ) and almost 80 percent in Ramingstein Leonhard Kocher (ÖVP).

In Dorfbeuern (Flachgau) Adolf Hinterhauser (ÖVP) was confirmed with 80 percent approval, in Mauterndorf Herbert Eßl with 73 percent approval and in Wald (Pinzgau) Michael Obermoser with almost 91 percent approval.

Last polls close at 5pm

The mayoral and municipal council elections will be held on Sunday. High temperatures and strong winds. The first polls closed at noon and the last at 5pm. Apart from the results, attention is also paid to the voter turnout.

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In the city of Salzburg, all seven candidates for mayor voted on Sunday afternoon. Despite the lack of reliable polls, three of them are considered to have a good chance of making it to the second phase of the election in two weeks. It is considered unlikely that one of the applicants in the first round of voting will be elected as the new mayor.

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Bernhard Aunger (SPÖ)

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Bernhard Eynger, SPÖ leading candidate in the city of Salzburg, at his polling station

Florian Greibich (ÖVP) with partner Elisabeth

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Florian Greibich (ÖVP) with partner Elisabeth

K-Michael Dankel (KPÖ Plus)

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KPÖ Plus candidate K-Michael Dankel came to vote with his child

Mayoral candidate Anna Schister (Citizen List) on her way to the polls with her husband Stephen

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Mayoral candidate Anna Schister (Citizen List) on her way to the polls with her husband Stephen

How many people go?

Five years ago, voter turnout was at an all-time high. In 2019, 63.1 percent of eligible voters cast ballots across the country — with very large regional differences. For example, in 2009, it was 72.1 percent.

Five years ago, Forstau (Pongau), a town of 554 people, was in the lead with 94.7 percent of the vote. However, in the city of Salzburg, less than half of those eligible went to the polls five years ago: with a turnout of 48.2 percent in the first round, the state capital recorded the worst result in the country.

Polling closes at 4 pm in most places. Smaller communities, especially in the mountains, sometimes close much earlier: voting in Krimml, Viehhofen (both Pinzgau), Muhr, Thomatal and Weißpriach (all Lungau) closed at 12 noon. In Großgmain (Flachgau), werfenweng (Pongau) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (Pinzgau) the last polling stations close at 5pm.

Municipal Election 2024 Ballot Card

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In the city of Salzburg alone, 13,741 ballot papers were issued this year

A new record on the ballot paper

At the same time, there are more postal voters again this year: in the city of Salzburg alone, the number of voting cards issued has increased by almost a quarter compared to 2019 to 13,741, a record for municipal elections.

“We have been observing this trend towards postal voting for years. Maybe it's because it's more convenient for people. But the main reason is lack of space. People are highly mobile and are not often in the city or community on election day,” said Franz Scheffbaumer, head of the Election Commission in the state capital. It's a thing of the past that individual parties can expect more votes among postal voters: “Voting by mail generally works the same way as voting in districts,” Scheffbaumer added.

However, sending or returning voting cards on time is not always easy. This year, some communities in Tennangau complained about delays – more on this at problems with mailing ballots (salzburg.ORF.at; March 7, 2024).

Mayors have been elected in 76 seats today

In 76 of Salzburg's 119 municipalities, Sunday's election will decide the mayor. Of the 31 seats, only one is on the ballot for the mayor's chair — approval or rejection. A candidate is considered elected if he gets more than 50 percent approval – which is often assumed. And two names on the ballot in 45 municipalities – here too the decision will be taken today.

More than five are running in five municipalities

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent in the first round, a second election will be held in two weeks. And the more names on the ballot, the more chances there are.

There are five candidates to choose from in three municipalities: In Bruck an der Glocknerstrasse (Pinzgau), the Social Democrats are split in the dispute over the top candidate. In Saalfelden (Pinzgau), the SPÖ also faces competition from a former SPÖ social representative. In Walls-Seisenheim (Flachgau), many see good opportunities after the resignation of longtime mayor Joachim Meisslinger (ÖVP), for example, KPÖplus running for the first time. The city of Salzburg and Hallin (Tennengau) have seven candidates each.

Election manifesto on ORF

ORF reports in detail about today's election day: At noon, the election ticker starts at salzburg.ORF.at, including a page with detailed results from individual municipalities. In ORF Radio Salzburg A special program on the Corporation Election will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm.

ORF2 Salzburg et al ORF TVThek Special programs are scheduled from 5:05 pm to 5:30 pm and from 6:25 pm to 6:50 pm. There is “Salzburg Today” from 7 p.m. ORF Salzburg also reports on social media under its handle @orfsalzburg.

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