2019 EU Elections

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General information

The European elections are taking place from 23 to 26 May 2019. On 26 May the Austrian population will elect the members who will represent our country, and thus the interests of the population, in the European Parliament during the next period until 2024.


The members of the European Parliament are elected every five years. The European Parliament is the only directly elected supranational assembly in the world, and represents the interests of EU citizens at a European level.


The Parliament elects the President of the European Commission and appoints the members of the Commission. The Parliament enacts legal regulations in our interest, and every year it signs off the Union budget in our name. It represents us abroad and responds to our petitions. With their debates its members structure our political and social life, and in so doing they respect the values of the Treaty on European Union.


If the United Kingdom has accomplished its exit from the EU by the time of the elections, Austria will elect 19 members of the EU Parliament. If Brexit is still not settled by then, and Great Britain then still takes part in the EU elections, Austria will have 18 seats. In total 705 members sit in the EU Parliament.


Voters in Austria can give preferential votes to the candidates of the party they elect. Preferential votes increase their chance of entering the European Parliament.


WHO can vote, and HOW to vote

All Austrians who are at least 16 years of age on the day of the election are entitled to vote. In Carinthia more than 400,000 people are entitled to vote.


People usually vote at a polling station in their main place of residence, but in Austria people can also vote by postal vote. For this they have to apply for a poll card via their own municipality by 22 May 2019 at the latest; this will be delivered by post, or they can collect it in person from their local authority by 24 May. The poll card must then be filled in and sent back to the competent district electoral authority.


Austrians can vote by postal vote from another EU country or from a country outside the EU. For this they must be listed in the electoral register, for which they were able to register until 12 March 2019. Information can be obtained from the Federal Electoral Authority.

https://www.bmi.gv.at/412/Waehlerevidenz_und_Europa_Waehlerevidenz.aspx


The poll card must be received by the competent district electoral authority no later than 17.00 on the election day, or must have been handed in by this time at a polling station belonging to the district electoral authority during the polling station opening times.


BMI Federal Ministry of the Interior, Department III/6, phone: +43 1 531 26-905203


The election results can be followed live at www.europawahl.eu as soon as they are announced on Sunday 26 May 2019.


HOW THE EU WORKS:

The European Parliament, in which the members sit, exercises the legislative and budgetary powers together with the European Council.


The heads of state and government of the EU member states meet in the European Council. They establish the general political objectives, and also take decisions on important matters.


The European Commission represents the general interest of the EU and is the most important executive body. It draws up proposals for new laws and regulations, and ensures that the policy of the EU is implemented.