Almost 1 million votes – because of voting cards: final result Monday

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Nearly a million voting cards were issued for the presidential elections. 958,136 of the total of 6,363,489 Austrians eligible to vote (15.1 percent) asked for absentee ballots. If participation and response are comparable to 2016, that means approximately 820,000 voters per post. Their votes, which won’t be counted until Monday, could still be decisive in the second round issue.

The first results may only be announced on Sunday after the national elections close at 5 p.m., and the first forecasts will be published shortly after.

Provisional final result around 8 p.m.
The provisional final result can be expected around 8 p.m. – without the expected more than 820,000 votes by letter. They could make a difference when the election is near – but won’t be counted until Monday.

More than 10,000 polling stations
There are 10,092 polling stations in Austria for the 2022 presidential election. Thanks to the forecasts, including an estimate of the vote by mail, it should be clear on Sunday evening whether incumbent Alexander Van der Bellen can secure his re-election in the first ballot.

Difficult calculation
With the candidate field, the calculation this time – as the supercomputers of SORA and ARGE Wahlen explained in advance – is particularly difficult. The reason for this is that, in addition to Van der Bellen and FPÖ candidate Walter Rosenkranz, there are five candidates who have not been nominated by one of the political groups. Incidentally, there have never been seven candidates to choose from in a presidential election.

To win the election in the first round, one of the candidates must obtain at least 50 percent plus one vote – otherwise there will be a runoff election on November 6. The polls show that Van der Bellen will probably be spared a second round. In addition to Van der Bellen, eligible voters can also tick MFG boss Michael Brunner, ex-FPÖ/BZÖ politician Gerald Grosz, FPÖ candidate Rosenkranz, shoe manufacturer Heinrich Staudinger (non-party), lawyer Tassilo Wallentin (non-party) and founder of beer party Dominic Wlazny.

Source: Krone

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