Voter guide: Everything you needed to know about the elections

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You are first-time voter? Or have you already chosen and you want to refresh your knowledge about it? Then you are right here. In our Erstwählerguide we deliver everything to you, you became on the occasion of the elections on 29. September have to know. Who joins the National Council elections 2019? At the election of the Nationalrat we choose the 183 members of the Austrian National Council. We do not directly choose the Federal Chancellor. This is most often put in Austria by the party that won the most votes. Because traditionally, the strongest party by President Alexander van der Bellen is charged with forming a government. But back to the Nationalrat election. On the ballot nationwide, there are eight parties – some even run in the states even more small parties. ÖVP – List Sebastian Kurz – the new People’s Party SPÖ – Social Democratic Party of Austria FPÖ – Freedom Party of Austria Neos – The New Austria Now – list mushroom Green – The Greens – The Green Different KPÖ – Different Lists, KPÖ Plus, Left and Independent Wandl – departure for a common good morning with good work affordable housing and radical climate policy. There is a lot to win. The top candidates of the parties at a glance Sebastian Kurz, ÖVP (Photo: AFP) Pamela Rendi-Wagner, SPÖ (Photo: APA) Norbert Hofer, FPÖ (Photo: APA) Beate Meinl-Reisinger, Neos (Photo: APA) Werner Kogler, Grüne (Photo: APA) Peter Pilz, Jezt (Photo: APA) Ivo Hajnal, KPÖ (Photo: APA) Photo: APA If you would like to know more about the candidate candidates in the National Council, then you should listen to the electioncast of our mothership Kleine Zeitung. All information about Podcast can be found here! But what does a party stand for? Which topics does she want to promote? An overview of the election programs of the parties we have here for you. On the other hand, some parties do not really want to talk about some things or topics or leave some topics to be left in the election campaign. The anti-election campaign topics are summarized here. Who is allowed to vote? Any Austrian citizen who is the 16 is eligible to vote. Year of age at the latest by the end of the election day has completed. That is, when you’re on 29. September, so you have your vote on election day, you can vote. Basically, you and I have one vote, the so-called party voice. But you can also cast a preferential vote. And that at federal, state and regional levels. That means you can give up to three preferential votes. But beware: These can only be given to members of the party to which you have given your party opinion. So if you have elected the ÖVP with the party voice, you can only vote in the ÖVP lists. More information can be found here. What once do I have to take with me? In order to cast your vote in the polling station you have to pay attention to a few things. Your electoral ballot and the polling station are listed on the inter-choice that you will be sent to your primary residence. There are also the opening hours. At Wahlleiter_in you have to give your name and address and identify yourself. So you have to take an official photo ID (passport, moped driver’s license, identity card). A list will list that you participated in the election. Then you get a ballot and an envelope and go to the voting booth. There you cross the party that you want to vote for. When you have done that, put the ballot in the envelope and return it to the Electoral Officer. This throws it then in the urn Bürger_innenpflicht fulfilled! The ballot for the National Council election 2019 / Photo: APASelfies, doodles etc .: What once is allowed in the voting booth? A question that not only first-time voters ask themselves: are selfies allowed in the cabin? The answer: Yes. At least if you follow certain rules. The same applies to smileys and other drawings on the ballot paper. More details you can read here. And what about the election cards? If you can not vote at polling station on election day because you are on vacation, you can vote with an electoral card. You have to go up 20. September, so next Wednesday, apply to your home church office or via the app “Digital Office”. Do you have the voting card on 25. or on 27. September 00: Personally pick up municipal office. You can either hand in the voting card at a polling station or send it by mail. Here are some things to keep in mind. Above all, the electoral card must arrive at the district electoral office on the day of election at the latest 16: (******************). That is, you should in the best Topple before the 29. Submit filled out September. What once is to be considered when completing the voting card? You should fill out the ballot alone and uninfluenced. That is, nobody should watch you fill in and nobody should tell you which party to vote for. When you have made your cross, place the ballot in the beige envelope. Stick it and put it back in the voting card. On the voting card, there is a field for the signature, where you sign. Then you stick to the voting card too. Then you can throw the election card in the mailbox, at a post office or directly at the district electoral authority. You may also give the closed voting card to someone. Is an invalid vote actually better than not voting? After a series of scandals – yes, we look to you, HC Strache! – and other missteps it is difficult for many Austrians to opt for a party. Political disillusionment is increasing. Great is therefore the lure, not to vote. “To vote invalid is still better than not to go,” is a widely used saying. But is that really true? Political expert Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle provides the answer to this question: “An invalid vote increases voter turnout, but has no influence on the outcome or the distribution of mandates.” An invalid vote is split up according to the size of the parties. In the end, the winner of the election benefits the most. Is an invalid voice even better than just staying home? It depends entirely on which signal or the one wants to set. “If anyone wants to express his dissatisfaction in general, a abstention is more appropriate, since low turnouts are often perceived more as a warning signal for democracy or for the existing party system than the number of invalid votes,” said the policy expert. 20 percent of eligible voters did not participate in the Nationalrat election 2017. One percent of the votes was invalid. In addition, however, comes the fact that some people choose by mistake invalid. That could be about the postal vote of Topple. Stainer-Hämmerle sums up: “One thing is crystal clear: the biggest influence is only guaranteed by a valid voice!” How do polls actually come about? According to political expert Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle, the significance of surveys depends on three factors. How many people are interviewed As the exact question is At what time the survey is conducted But did that mean in detail? All information can be found here! Should I vote? If you ask yourself this question, then we have the right thing for you here. Spoiler: Yes, you should! It does not matter where you inform yourself about the elections. Under the keyword #weilsnetegalis we report on feed and our colleagues from the Kleine Zeitung on the national parliamentary elections. You can find more information about this HERE.
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