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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 42 (May 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 5-10 PDF (2.6 MB)


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Partt i e sl           _   |    Bavaria      Wuerttemn- 1 Greater Hesse 
   US-Zone
Christian Democratic Union   Votes    Number                            
     /0   Number   0/0
(Wuerttemberg-Baden &       Polled   1,268,189  69.4 313,276  47.4  392,576
 37.9 1,964,041  56.0
Greater Hesse)
Christian Social Union       Seats
(Bavaria)                   Filled      3,485  73.8     454  55.7      446
  41.3    4,305  65.2
Social Democratic Party      Votes  I 414,921  22.9 165,688  25.1   455,574
 44.0 1,036,183  29.2
Polled
Seats
Filled      1,033  21.9     177  21.7      539  50.0     1,749  26.5
Liberal Democratic Party     Votes       9,558  0.5   69,778  10.5   64,253
  6.2  143,589   4.0
(Bavaria and Greater Hesse)  Polled
Democratic People's Party    Seats
(Wuerttemberg-Baden)        Filled         16   0.3      71   8.8       43
   3.9      130   1.9
Communist Party             Votes      71,097   3.9   37,740  5.7    86,593
  8.3  195,430   5.5
Polled
Seats
Filled       125    2.6      25   3.0       11   1.2      161   2.4
Others                      Votes       58,458  3.2   73,359  11.1   35,073
  3.3  166,890   4.7
Polled
Seats
Filled        137   2.9      87  10.6       39   2.7      263   4.0
Votes    1,812,223      659,841       1,034,069      3,506,132 100.0
Polled
Seats
Total                        Filled      4,716          814|          1,078
     1   6,608 100.0
Fig. 1. Landkreis Election Returns - 28 April 1946
after the January polling that it did not
arouse the same degree of couriosity as
"the first free elections since 1932."
The second fact is the rise in the pro-
portion  of invalid ballots in  certain
areas. Thus in Baden, the January elec-
tions showed 3.5 percent of the votes
invalid. In the April elections, the per-
centage was 7.1 percent, rising in some
Gemeinden to 10 percent. An investiga-
tion is now under way to ascertain to
what extent, if at all, the increase is due
to a protest vote. On the other hand, the
invalid vote in Wuerttemberg was only
4 percent (3.5 percent in January), and
in Greater Hesse it was 5.2 percent No
figures are yet available for Bavaria on
this point.
PARTY RESULTS
How did the various political parties
fare in the Landkreis elections? Fig. 1
presents a summary in terms of votes
polled and seats won by the parties. The
strength 'of the Christian Democratic Un-
ion (Christian Social Union) is appar-
'ent. It is by far the strongest party in
Bavaria and Wfirttemberg - Baden. In
Greater Hesse, however, the Social De-
mocratic Party took first place. More
significant is the comparison of party
strength in tne January and April 'elec-
tions as shown in Fig. 2 and 3.
The most significant thing indicated
by figures 2 and 3 is the great decline
in the vote cast for "others." The "others"
repres'ent independent, non-partisan and
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