Too much beer and cash at the polls

23rd March 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 March 2004 , ULM - A small village in southern Germany was ordered Tuesday to hold new mayoral elections when the winning candidate recently narrowly won the vote after distributing free beer and even cash ahead of the polls. The regional administrative authority in the city of Ulm ordered the villagers of Ballendorf, 20 kilometres to the north, to go to the polls again - but this time without the enticements. The office said it was just conceivable that the winning candidate had influenced the vote by

23 March 2004

ULM - A small village in southern Germany was ordered Tuesday to hold new mayoral elections when the winning candidate recently narrowly won the vote after distributing free beer and even cash ahead of the polls.

The regional administrative authority in the city of Ulm ordered the villagers of Ballendorf, 20 kilometres to the north, to go to the polls again - but this time without the enticements.

The office said it was just conceivable that the winning candidate had influenced the vote by handing out free beer and cash.

"A different election result without such influence on voters is well within the realm of the possible," the office said, noting how the winner's margin in the town of 650 residents was just 17 votes.

 

 

 DPA

Subject: German news

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