Saarlouis (electoral district)

Saarlouis is an electoral constituency (German: Wahlkreis) represented in the Bundestag. It elects one member via first-past-the-post voting. Under the current constituency numbering system, it is designated as constituency 297. It is located in western Saarland, comprising the Merzig-Wadern district and most of the district of Saarlouis district.[1]

297 Saarlouis
Electoral district
for the Bundestag
BWahlkreis 297.svg
Saarlouis in 2009
StateSaarland
Population262,400 (2019)
Electorate203,279 (2021)
Major settlementsSaarlouis
Merzig
Dillingen
Area893.2 km2
Current electoral district
Created1957
PartySPD
MemberHeiko Maas
Elected2021

Saarlouis was created for the inaugural 1957 federal election after the accession of Saarland to Germany. Since 2021, it has been represented by Heiko Maas of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).[2]

GeographyEdit

Saarlouis is located in western Saarland. As of the 2021 federal election, it comprises the Merzig-Wadern district and the Saarlouis district excluding the Lebach and Schmelz municipalities.[1]

HistoryEdit

Saarlouis was created in 1957, then known as Saarlouis – Merzig. It acquired its current name in the 1965 election. In the 1957 and 1961 elections, it was constituency 245 in the numbering system. In the 1965 through 1998 elections, it was number 246. Since the 2002 election, it has been number 297.

Originally, the constituency comprised the Merzig-Wadern district and the Saarlouis district excluding the Ämter of Bous/Saar, Lebach, Schmelz, and Wadgassen. In the 1965 through 1972 elections, it lost the municipality of Schwalbach from the Saarlouis district. In the 1976 through 1998 elections, it acquired a configuration similar to its current borders, but lacking the municipalities of Bous, Ensdorf, Schwalbach, and Wadgassen from the Saarlouis district. It acquired its current borders in the 2002 election.

Election No. Name Borders
1957 245 Saarlouis – Merzig
1961
1965 246 Saarlouis
1969
1972
1976
1980
1983
1987
1990
1994
1998
2002 297
2005
2009
2013
2017
2021

MembersEdit

The constituency was first represented by Albert Baldauf of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1957 to 1965, followed by fellow CDU member Josef Schmitt from 1965 to 1976. Hans-Werner Müller of the CDU was then representative from 1976 to 1990. Ottmar Schreiner of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) was elected in 1990 and served until 2009. Peter Altmaier of the CDU was representative from 2009 to 2021. Heiko Maas won the constituency for the SPD in 2021.

Election Member Party %
1957 Albert Baldauf CDU 44.4
1961 58.2
1965 Josef Schmitt CDU 54.2
1969 53.4
1972 48.6
1976 Hans-Werner Müller CDU 50.4
1980 47.5
1983 51.2
1987 45.6
1990 Ottmar Schreiner SPD 50.0
1994 49.0
1998 55.1
2002 50.6
2005 40.4
2009 Peter Altmaier CDU 37.5
2013 44.5
2017 38.0
2021 Heiko Maas SPD 36.7

Election resultsEdit

2021 electionEdit

Federal election (2021): Saarlouis[3][4]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A  Y or  N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
SPD Heiko Maas 57,354 36.7   4.7 56,920 36.4   9.5
CDU  N Peter Altmaier 43,671 28.0   10.1 38,085 24.4   9.2
AfD Carsten Becker 15,111 9.7   0.7 15,651 10.0   0.2
FDP Angelika Hießerich-Peter 12,777 8.2   4.3 18,872 12.1   4.4
Left Dagmar Ensch-Engel 8,405 5.4   5.5 10,512 6.7   6.2
Greens Ute Lessel 7,383 4.7   1.2 [5]   5.5
Tierschutzpartei   4,535 2.9
FW Klaus Hoffmann 4,352 2.8   1.9 3,315 2.1   1.3
PARTEI Sam Schröder 3,853 2.5   1.4 2,736 1.8   0.6
dieBasis Marc Ensch 2,466 1.6 2,221 1.4
Volt   954 0.6
Pirates   860 0.6   0.0
Team Todenhöfer 599 0.4
ÖDP Philipp-Noah Groß 751 0.5 593 0.4
NPD   350 0.2   0.3
MLPD   76 0.0   0.0
Informal votes 3,047 2,891
Total Valid votes 156,123 156,279
Turnout 159,170 78.3   1.0
SPD gain from CDU Majority 13,683 8.7   14.6

2017 electionEdit

Federal election (2017): Saarlouis[6]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A  Y or  N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU  Y Peter Altmaier 60,102 38.0   6.4 52,981 33.6   6.4
SPD Heiko Maas 50,672 32.1   3.8 42,476 27.0   3.8
Left Marilyn Heib 17,142 10.8   3.6 20,320 12.9   3.9
AfD Irene Lienshöft 14,224 9.0   4.7 15,506 9.8   4.7
FDP Kirsten Cortez de Lobao 6,069 3.8   2.6 12,059 7.7   4.0
Greens Markus Tressel 5,532 3.5   0.2 8,598 5.5   0.2
PARTEI Michael Kiefer 1,741 1.1 1,751 1.1
FW Uwe Andreas Kammer 1,352 0.9 1,243 0.8   0.1
Pirates Lea Magdalena Laux 939 0.6   1.8 799 0.5   2.0
NPD   748 0.5   1.3
V-Partei³ 461 0.3
PDV Michael Bienek 242 0.2 201 0.1
BGE   197 0.1
DM 185 0.2
MLPD   80 0.1   0.0
Informal votes 2,415 2,825
Total Valid votes 158,015 157,605
Turnout 160,430 77.3   4.4
CDU hold Majority 9,430 5.9   3.7

2013 electionEdit

Federal election (2013): Saarlouis[7]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A  Y or  N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU  Y Peter Altmaier 66,694 44.5   7.0 60,052 40.1   7.7
SPD Reinhold Jost 52,303 34.9   2.0 46,037 30.7   6.5
Left Wolfgang Schumacher 10,936 7.3   8.3 13,458 9.0   10.9
AfD Heinrich Adams 6,418 4.3 7,645 5.1
Greens Markus Tressel 5,577 3.7   1.6 7,873 5.3   1.3
Pirates Michael Klein 3,652 2.4 3,739 2.5   1.1
NPD Frank Franz 2,475 1.7   0.3 2,610 1.7   0.5
FDP Wolfgang Krichel 1,872 1.2   6.2 5,480 3.7   8.9
FAMILIE 1,653 1.1   0.2
FW   1,075 0.7
PRO 237 0.2
MLPD   71 0.0   0.0
Informal votes 4,360 4,357
Total Valid votes 149,927 149,930
Turnout 154,287 72.9   1.3
CDU hold Majority 14,391 9.6   5.0

2009 electionEdit

Federal election (2009): Saarlouis[8]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A  Y or  N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU Peter Altmaier 58,297 37.5   1.5 50,566 32.4   0.5
SPD  N Ottmar Schreiner 51,193 32.9   7.5 37,749 24.2   9.0
Left Alfred Pfannebecker 24,244 15.6   1.9 31,057 19.9   2.0
FDP Sebastian Greiber 11,516 7.4   3.9 19,643 12.6   5.0
Greens Claudia Beck 8,342 5.4   2.4 10,194 6.5   1.2
Pirates   2,188 1.4
FAMILIE 2,013 1.3   0.4
NPD Aloys Lehmler 2,025 1.3   0.4 1,874 1.2   0.5
RRP 861 0.6
MLPD   48 0.0   0.1
Informal votes 4,022 3,446
Total Valid votes 155,617 156,193
Turnout 159,639 74.3   5.6
CDU gain from SPD Majority 7,104 4.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Constituency Saarlouis". Federal Returning Officer.
  2. ^ "Results for Saarlouis". Federal Returning Officer.
  3. ^ "Ergebnisse Saarlouis". Bundeswahlleiter. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  4. ^ Anderson, Emma (5 August 2021). "German Greens must sit out vote in one state during national election". Politico. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  5. ^ The Greens were disqualified from running on the Saarland state list due to irregularities in the selection of list candidates. See Anderson 2021.
  6. ^ Results for Saarlouis
  7. ^ Results for Saarlouis
  8. ^ Results for Saarlouis