The European elections take place in Austria on 26 May 2019. Anyone aged 16 or over can cast a vote. It’s also possible to vote by mail or abroad if certain conditions are met.
EU citizens and Austrian citizens living abroad have to register to vote in the European elections in Austria. Austrian citizens on the other hand who are principally resident in Austria don’t need to register in advance, as this is done automatically by the authorities. However, if you have changed your home address recently, we advise you to check with the national election authority whether your registration on the voting lists is correct.
To find out where to register, check out the following websites: https://www.help.gv.at/Portal.Node/hlpd/public/content/32/Seite.320321.html
Yes, in Austria it’s possible to vote by mail. Get your ballot online here. You will receive it by mail. Fill in your ballot and send it by mail to the competent district elections authority.
Under EU law, all countries must use voting systems that ensure proportional representation, which means that the number of elected members from each party depends on the share of electoral votes obtained by the party.
Austria uses preferential voting, which gives voters the option to indicate their preferences within the party list they choose. Candidates who receive the most preferences are more likely to be elected.
Voters with disability have the possibility to vote by mail or request a visit from a mobile electoral commission (“special voting authority”). Persons with physical or sensory disabilities, who can not be expected to fill in the ballot without outside help, may be assisted by a person of their choice. Blind and visually impaired people can cast their votes using ballot paper templates.