Austria,General

Austrian journal for municipalies publishes research results

12 Aug , 2022  

Vienna, 12 August 2022: In 2022 there will be another federal presidential election in Austria and tens of thousands of election officers will once again be needed to ensure that the elections run smoothly. The Austrian presidential election in 2016 and the problems that arose in connection with the conduct of the election drew attention to the issue of polling station commissions (poll workers) and raised the question of a possible need for reform. [...]  read more

Austria,International

Election administration and electoral integrity

17 May , 2022  

Vienna, 17 May 2022: In recent years, election administration has become a subject of intensified debates, raising questions of how to organize elections to ensure electoral integrity. One question concerns who should serve as members of polling station boards, administer election day proceedings, and participate in the vote count. Different models co-exist in modern democracies, with some countries – among them Austria – actively involving the [...]  read more

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Austria

Discussion to open polling commissions to young voters

4 May , 2022  

Vienna, 4 May 2022: As part of the action days for political education, Election-Watch.EU organized a discussion meeting on civil society participation in elections, hosted by Zentrum Polis. Opportunities of providing access to polling [...]  read more

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Austria,General

Discussion about electoral reforms based on poll worker study

20 Apr , 2022  

Vienna, 20 April 2022: wahlbeobachtung.org is once again initiating a panel discussion with representatives of all parties represented in Parliament to discuss possible electoral reforms. This event, co-organised with the Parliament Directorate, follows the successful electoral reform panel discussion event at Parliament in September 2018.

The poll workers nominated by the campaigning parties are a central part of election administration in Austria. Due to the popularity [...]  read more

Austria,European Union,General,International

Presentation of persons with disabilities’ electoral rights study across Europe

20 Apr , 2022  

Brussels, 20 April 2022: Election-Watch.EU conducted a comparative study about persons with disabilities’ suffrage and accessibility rights within the 27 EU Member States for the 6th Human Rights Report of the European Disability Forum (EDF).  The results of the study will be published, presented and discussed in a Webinar on Monday, 16 May 2022. Those interested can register here for the zoom webinar.

The European Parliament elections take place every five years [...]  read more

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Austria,European Union

Reform of polling station committees?

20 Apr , 2022  

Vienna, 20 April 2022: As part of the action days for citizenship education, wahlbeobachtung.org and Zentrum polis organise an event to discuss the reform of the polling station committees  with representatives of the Vienna provincial electoral authority, the Association of Cities and the teaching profession.

Date: Wednesday 4 May 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Venue: BMBWF Fencing Hall, Freyung 5, 1010 Vienna

Registration required either by [...]  read more

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Austria,General

Election observation and young voter education

31 Mar , 2022  

Vienna, 31 March 2022: Election-Watch.EU was asked to contribute an article on the subject of “Election Observation in Austria” to the new issue of polis aktuell on elections / voting, a magazine for teachers. With the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools offers teaching materials to support [...]  read more

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Austria,European Union,International

Presentation about social networks at OSCE election seminar

3 Nov , 2021  

Vienna, 2 November 2021: OSCE/ODIHR invited to an election seminar to present its latest publication “Guidelines for Observation of Election Campaigns on Social Networks”. Armin Rabitsch from Election-Watch.EU presented at this event the main challenges of election campaigns on social networks, gave an overview of upcoming regulations of social networks, and provided key recommendations in safeguarding election campaigns online.

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Austria,General

Election-Watch.EU retreat in Prague

7 Sep , 2021  

Prague, 3 – 6 September 2021: From 3 to 6 September the Board members of Election-Watch.EU held their annual retreat in Prague to discuss recent achievements and to develop new projects for the period of 2021 – 2022. The agenda included future activities in Austria, such as a presentation of the research study survey on polling staff (in cooperation of wahlbeobachtung.org and VIECER[...]  read more