Municipal council elections in Lower Austria 2010
The municipal council elections in Lower Austria 2010 took place on March 14, 2010 in 568 of the 573 Lower Austrian municipalities. Exceptions were the statutory cities of St. Pölten , Krems an der Donau and Waidhofen an der Ybbs , which traditionally elect at a different time. In contrast, early municipal council elections were held in Deutsch-Wagram and Obersiebenbrunn in 2009. In contrast to other federal states, the mayor in Lower Austria is determined by the municipal council and not elected by direct elections.
In the municipal council elections in Lower Austria in 2005, the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) achieved 48.8% with its related lists and was thus able to improve its result by 0.5%. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) was able to gain significantly more with its lists, which increased its result from 35.3% to 38.9%. The SPÖ had profited above all from the losses of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and the lists close to it, which lost 4.6% and only reached 3.3%. The FPÖ was overtaken by the party Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative , which together with the lists close to it achieved 3.77%. The Greens were able to gain 1.3%. Other, candidate lists lost 0.8% and reached 5.2% in 2005.
Of the total of 11,669 mandates, 6,397 mandates were attributable to the ÖVP, 4,315 to the SPÖ, 224 to the Greens and 214 to the FPÖ. As of 2005, other lists included a total of 519 mandates.
The municipal council election in 2010 was carried out in Lower Austria according to the Lower Austrian municipal council electoral code 1994 (Lower Austria GRWO 1994). All citizens of the European Union who had their main residence in a Lower Austrian municipality on December 14, 2009 and who were 16 years of age at the latest on election day were eligible to vote. Compared to the 2005 election, this was the first time that people under the age of 18 were actively eligible to vote. Active voters were also not allowed to be excluded from the right to vote (conviction for criminal acts committed with intent to a prison term of more than one year).
All those persons who were actively eligible to vote and who had reached the age of 18 on election day at the latest had the passive right to vote in municipal council elections.
Ballot and deadlines
After the announcement of the municipal council election, which had to take place by December 13, 2009 at the latest, the members of the municipal electoral authority were appointed in December. The first meeting of the municipal electoral authority had to take place by December 28, 2010 at the latest. After that, on January 4th, the electoral roll was made public for five working days. Objections to the electoral roll could be made up to January 14, 2010.
The candidate lists were able to submit their nominations up to February 3, 2010. Only the ÖVP succeeded in making nominations in all the municipalities that were eligible for election, whereby in Traiskirchen a list close to the ÖVP is running alongside the ÖVP. In Glinzendorf , Parbasdorf , Spannberg and Röhrenbach , the ÖVP is the only candidate list. The SPÖ is running for 2010 in 561 municipalities, with two lists in Eggendorf . In addition, in Hirtenberg and Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, two former SPÖ state councilors are competing against the incumbent SPÖ mayors. The FPÖ competes in 299 municipalities in 2010, while the Greens are elected in 104 municipalities. The Greens, who took part in the elections with 66 local groups in 2005, will run for the first time in 2010 in all 21 districts. In addition to the already established parties, around 200 independent lists compete in the municipal council elections. The Alliance Future Austria (BZÖ) is running in seven municipalities, including the district cities of Baden, Hollabrunn and Mödling. The Liberal Forum and the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) are only running in two municipalities.
In addition to voting in person, voters could also vote by voting card. The voting card could either be handed in in another electoral district in the same municipality or in person at a special (“flying”) electoral authority. In addition, a change in the law made it possible for the first time to vote by post. The request for the voting card had to be made in writing by March 10, 2010 or by March 12 in the case of personal collection. In order to participate in the postal vote, the signed voting card must be received by post or by messenger on election day by 6:30 a.m. at the latest at the municipality or by the end of the election time in the responsible electoral district.
|Results 2010||Results 2005||Differences|
|Eligible voters||1,467,086||1,339,957||+ 127,129|
|voter turnout||71.60%||71.22%||+ 0.38%|
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|Votes cast||1,050,398||954.262||+ 96,136|
|Invalid||21,484||2.05%||18,532||1.94%||+ 2,952||+ 0.11%|
|Valid||1,028,914||97.95%||935.730||98.06%||+ 93.184||- 0.11%|
|Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) + lists||530.761||51.58%||6,755||456.435||48.78%||6,396||+ 74,326||+ 2.80%||+ 359|
|Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) + lists||347,472||33.77%||3,731||364.124||38.91%||4,312||- 16,652||- 5.14%||- 581|
|Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) + lists||61,292||5.96%||478||30,941||3.31%||213||+ 30,351||+ 2.65%||+ 265|
|The Greens - The Green Alternative (GREEN) + Lists||35,260||3.43%||210||35,231||3.77%||224||+ 29||- 0.34%||- 14|
|Other lists||54,129||5.26%||495||48,999||5.24%||524||+ 5,130||+ 0.02%||- 29|
- Lower Austria GRWO 1994, §17
- Lower Austria GRWO 1994, §19
- northeast GRWO 1994, Section 20
- State of Lower Austria ( Memento of the original from December 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 24 kB) Election calendar 2010
- diepresse.com “Lower Austria municipal council election: ÖVP has 412 mayors to defend”, March 10, 2010
- Die Grünen Niederösterreich ( Memento of the original from March 9, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Local council election 2010: "Here comes green!" - The Green Lower Austria's election campaign kicked off in Klosterneuburg, January 21, 2010
- Province of Lower Austria Lower Austrian municipal council election 2010
- Province of Lower Austria - final result of the municipal council election including Deutsch-Wagram and Obersiebenbrunn, last accessed on March 22, 2010
- State of Lower Austria municipal council election 2010