Austria National Council election 2018 voting live

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Austria National Council election 2018 Results Voting Live

Austria National Council election Dates 2018

Austria National Council election Date: 30 September 2018

Austria has a multi-party system. From 1945 to 1986 Austria had two main parties, with a third party also winning seats in the National Council. Since 1986 there have been generally four parties, for a few years even five. At least 4% of the popular vote, or a parliamentary seat in one of the regional constituencies, is needed for representation in the National Council.

In some cases, a referendum can be called on by the Austrian Parliament.

In 2007, the voting age was lowered from 18 to 16 in all federal elections, following some states which had lowered it for state and local elections before that.

Austria National Council election Voting Live 2018 

1.The Austrian People's Party(ÖVP) emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 62 of the 183 seats. The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) finished second with 52 seats, slightly ahead of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), which received 51 seats. NEOS finished fourth with 10 seats, and PILZ (which split from the Green Party at the start of the campaign) entered parliament for the first time and came in fifth place with 8 seats. The Green Party failed to cross the 4% threshold and was ejected from parliament, losing all of its 24 seats.

2.The FPÖ's tally of 51 seats is the second-closest that a third party has come to overtaking either the ÖVP or SPÖ since World War II, behind only its tie with the ÖVP in seat count (and narrow edge in votes) in the 1999 election. The 2017 result is only the second time since 1966 that the ÖVP has been the largest party in the National Council.

Electoral system of Austria

The 183 members of the National Council are elected by open list proportional representation at the level of one federal constituency consisting of all of Austria, 9 state constituencies, and 39 regional constituencies. The number of seats elected by each constituency is determined in accordance with the results of the most recent census. Seats are allocated in a three-stage process, from regional constituencies to state constituencies to the federal constituency. For parties to receive seats in the National Council, they must either win a mandate in at least one constituency or clear a 4 percent national electoral threshold. Seats are distributed according to the Hare method in the first two stages, at the level of regional and state constituencies, with the remaining constituencies allocated using the D'Hondt method at the federal level to ensure proportionality with the election result.

In addition to voting for a national party list, voters have the option of casting three preferential votes capable of changing the order of precedence for candidates on a party list: one each at the federal, state, and regional level. The threshold to increase the position of a candidate on a federal party list is 7 percent, compared to 10 percent at the state level and 14 percent at the regional level. Preferential votes for candidates on regional party lists may be indicated by marking the given spot on the ballot, whereas the name or ranking number must be provided for preferential votes for party-list candidates on the state and federal level.

Candidates for Austria National Council election


Austria Parties and leaders

  • Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)
  • Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)
  • Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)
  • Greens.
  • Team Stronach.
  • NEOS

    Austria past election results 

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) 1,586,106 31.5 62 +15
Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) 1,351,918 26.9 52 0
Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) 1,310,614 26.0 51 +11
264,317 5.3 10 +1
Peter Pilz List (PILZ) 220,088 4.4 8 New
The Greens – The Green Alternative (GRÜNE) 189,467 3.8 0 –24
My Vote Counts! (G!LT) 47,808 0.9 0 New
Communist Party of Austria Plus (KPÖ+) 39,074 0.8 0 0
The Whites (WEIßE) 9,081 0.2 0 New
Free List Austria (FLÖ) 8,845 0.2 0 New
New Movement for the Future (NBZ) 2,723 0.1 0 New
Homeless in Politics (ODP) 757 0.0 0 New
Socialist Left Party (SLP) 705 0.0 0 0
EU Exit Party (EUAUS) 681 0.0 0 0
Christian Party of Austria (CPÖ) 424 0.0 0 0
Men's Party (M) 220 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 50,520
Total 5,083,348 100 183 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,400,998 79.4



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