NRW State Election 2022: Historically Low Voter Turnout

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Historically, low voter turnout in NRW state elections

In state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the voter turnout fell to a historic low of 55.5 percent. In the 2017 elections, voter turnout was 65.2 percent. Overview.

Information about the low turnout emerged Monday morning from preliminary data from the state’s return officer online. The previous low was in the 2000 state election at 56.7 percent. In the 2017 elections, voter turnout was 65.2 percent. In the September 2021 federal election, it was 76.4 percent in NRW.

“Low turnout should worry all democratic parties,” Green Party leader Ricarda Lange wrote on Twitter. “There is no simple answer to that, but we should all be tasked with working more seriously on this topic.”

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About 13 million citizens are eligible to vote in NRW. Each of the 128 districts had an average of 101,500 eligible voters. This indicates that in each electoral district, on average, more than 45,000 eligible voters did not exercise their right to vote.

“There has to be something to choose in order to vote,” Martin Florac, a political science professor, said in a World Development Report on low turnout. The weather just wasn’t good.

Here is the turnout in the cities according to Votemanager (information from Sunday evening before the state return officer’s report):

Cologne: According to the German news agency (dpa), participation in the Cologne state elections will be lower this year. 59% had cast their vote by 6 p.m. So far, 775 results have been received out of 956.

clover flower: Depending on the city, Cliff’s voter turnout varies widely. “While the polling area with the lowest turnout reached only 34.0 percent, in the polling area with the highest turnout at 4 p.m., 61.6 percent of those eligible to vote cast their ballots,” the city’s website says.

Dusseldorf: In the state capital, more than half of the citizens participated in the elections. 58.52 percent of eligible voters voted.

Duisburg: Once again, voter turnout in Duisburg has fallen sharply. It is 46.82 percent overall. In Duisburg III participation was even lower – it was 38.12 percent.

Dortmund: In the Ruhr city, 53.38 percent of the citizens voted. Participation was particularly high at 57.54 per cent in Dortmund Zone 4.

a meal: Of the total of 404,451 eligible voters in Essen, 54.05 percent went to the polls and voted. The highest participation was on Essen IV at 69.39 percent.

Bochum: In Bochum, the turnout rate was 56.54 percent. Depending on the electoral district, the turnout was between 52.70 and 63.70 percent.

Wuppertal: Voter turnout is also very low in Wuppertal. Only 50.3 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.

Bielefeld: At 56.27 percent, voter turnout in Bielefeld is relatively average.

Mönchengladbach: Voter turnout in Mönchengladbach is only 47.77 percent.

Aachen: The voter turnout was 58.72 percent.

Ryan Chris Noyce: There, 57.64 percent of the citizens participated in the elections. Participation in Rhein-Kreis Neuss III was particularly high at 62.80 percent.

Dormagen: In Dormagen, the turnout in the 2022 state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia was 55.30 percent.

Leverkusen: The turnout in Leverkusen also declined, with only 51.3 percent of about 114,000 eligible voters going to the polls.

Mittman County: At 58.05 percent, participation in the Mittmann region was average.

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