Brussels/Vienna, 1 February 2023: Election-Watch.EU (EW) has successfully launched the SEEEDS project together with partners, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI), and European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE). SEEEDS – short for Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic Societies – aims on raising awareness about the European elections and bridging the gap between active European citizens and EU decision makers.
Brussels, Vienna, 10 January 2023: The objective of SEEEDS is to strengthen the integrity of the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections in 2024 through more active participation of civil society.
Voter mobilisation is closely linked to the feeling of community belonging; to this regard, transnational partnerships, and networks of active citizens across the EU have the potential to foster EU citizenship-based values. When strengthened, such networks can act at the [...]
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. [...]
Brussels, 16 May 2022: Election-Watch.EU (wahlbeobachtung.org), together with the civil society organisation European Disability Forum (EDF) conducted a comparative study about [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Vienna, 12 January 2022: Election management bodies (EMBs) can be classified according to different criteria; their composition is one of them. Recent studies emphasize, however, that the organisational structure of EMBs is more complex than their classification, arguing that common typologies fail to capture the full range of EMB designs.
Most EMB typologies pertain to composition and recruitment at the top-level, and not at the level of sub-ordinate commissions and [...]