CONFIRMED: Austria’s Election & Vote Counting Outrage – 146.9% voter turnout in one city?!
Although you would expect something like this from Latin American, middle eastern or other undemocratic countries, it happened – in Austria, which is a member of the increasingly balkanised European Union.
In a town called Waidhofen an der Ybbs there were significantly more votes cast then there are eligible voters. The voter turnout was 146.9%!
Austrian presidential elections have provided one of the narrowest election results in recent history. Only after the counting of votes sent in by post from Austrian expats around the world the Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the election with 50.3% of the vote and only a few tens of a percent more than his rival, rightist Norbert Hofer.
The extremely tight election result has provided many doubts in the legitimacy of the result and calls for a recount, especially with patently false results like in Waidhofen an der Ybbs.
This absurd percentage was even publicly posted on the Austrian Interior Ministry’s official website. The Green party’s Van der Bellen was the victor in this city with
52.7% of the vote reports the German Bild.
The head of the elections commission in the German Interior Ministry Robert Stein has stated that it might have only been an error with data entry which will be fixed by the 1st of July.
Despite various assurances a shadow has been cast on the legitimacy of these elections in the minds of many Austrians and a re-count could be in order to confirm or deny their results.