Ausländerbeirat – Polling Day

Sunday, 29th November, 2015 is the day that elections for the Ausländerbeirat take place in Oberursel.

Foreign residents of the town that have lived here for at least three months are eligible to vote and should have recieved their polling cards several weeks ago.

The only polling station for the entire town and its suburbs is in the Georg-Hieronymi-Saal, which is located between the town hall and the police station, with voting possible between 8am and 6pm.

It is not necessary to take the polling card along to vote, although it is better to do so. An ID card or passport is, however, necessary.

In cases of sudden illness, a postal vote is possible up to 3pm, which must, however, be collected by someone in person who has a power of attorney.

There are two lists of candidates that voters can choose between:

1. International Liste Oberursel (ILO)

2. Alle Zusammen Oberursel (AZO)

It is also possible to vote for individual candidates using a method called “Kumulieren und Panaschieren”. Next to each candidate’s name there are three boxes, and it is possible to give up to three votes to each one as long as the total votes cast does not exeed nine.

A combination of votes is also possible. For example, it is possible to give one, two or three votes to candidates from one list, whilst putting a cross against the other lists to give that list the remainder of the votes.

Another alternative is to put a cross against one of the lists but to cross out names on that list who will then not receive any of the nine votes.

The result is expected between 8pm and 9pm. In the previous election five years ago the turnout was only 3.43%.


About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. ILO !!!!

    Da sind die netten Familien, die sich engagieren und Besucher herzlich willkommen heissen 🙂

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