Democracy and Elections

Who is entitled to vote? How are elections run, and what is the difference between party-list elections and majority (first-past-the-post) elections? Here is some basic information about elections in Austria.

More than just the Majority: Democracy in Austria

In a parliamentary democracy like Austria, all people should be able to voice their views and defend their interests in a spirit of mutual respect. This is the very basis on which all the rest is built. More

Parliament and Elections

Elections and Parliament are the backbone of democracy. The Government, Parliament, the Federal President – all political institutions envisaged by and defined in the Constitution are directly or indirectly derived from elections. What kind of elections are there in Austria and what are the rules by which they are run? More

A Long Road to Travel: the Development of the Electoral System

The Emperor Francis Joseph I was not keen on granting the right to vote to everyone. At first, he did not want to grant this liberty to anyone, later only to the precious few. Today, universal suffrage is seen as a matter of course in Austria. But the way to achieve this was long and arduous. More

Principles of the Electoral System

What is meant by universal, equal, direct, personal, secret, free elections? More

National Council Elections

Who has the right to vote? How does the election operate? How are the seats in the National Council allocated? Please note, incidentally, that it is not the Government that is elected. The votes go to the Members of the National Council. Still, the results of the National Council election are the key to the allocation of power in the new Government. More