Austrian legislative election, 2017

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Austrian legislative election, 2017
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All 183 seats in the National Council
92 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
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Leader Christian Kern Sebastian Kurz Heinz-Christian Strache
Leader since 2016 2017 2005
Last election 52 seats, 26.82% 47 seats, 23.99% 40 seats, 20.51%
Current seats 52 51 38

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Leader Ulrike Lunacek Robert Lugar Matthias Strolz
Party Greens Stronach NEOS
Leader since 2017 2015 2012
Last election 24 seats, 12.42% 11 seats; 5.73% 9 seats; 4,96%
Current seats 24 6 8

Incumbent Chancellor

Christian Kern

Legislative elections will be held in Austria on 15 October 2017. The leader of the strongest party in a formed coalition, if there is any, usually becomes Chancellor.


ÖVP party leader Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned on 10 May.[1] On 14 May Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz was elected new leader of the ÖVP, by unanimous vote of the federal party committee. Kurz also announced the creation of an independent (but ÖVP-backed) list for the next election (called "List Sebastian Kurz - The new People's Party"), which would be open to non-ÖVP experts or otherwise interested people.[2]

On 18 May, Green Party leader Eva Glawischnig resigned from all her offices, citing family and health-related reasons but also increasing political pressure over the last months following the expulsion of the Young Greens from the party, as well as the coming challenging election campaign.[3]

On 19 May, the Green Party committee unanimously elected current Tyrol state party boss Ingrid Felipe as their new party leader. Ulrike Lunacek (MEP) was elected frontrunner and Chancellor candidate for the upcoming election.[4]

Electoral system[edit]

The 183 members of the National Council are elected by closed list proportional representation in nine multi-member constituencies based on the states (with varying in size from 7 to 36 seats) and 39 sub-constituencies. Seats are allocated using the Hare method at the sub-constituency level and the D'Hondt at the federal level, with an electoral threshold of 4% or one seat in one of the 39 sub-constituencies.[5]

Qualified parties and lists[edit]

Parties and lists represented in the National Council[edit]

Ballot qualification for parties and lists[edit]

In order to contest the election federally, a party (or list) needs to collect 2.600 valid signatures from eligible voters ahead of the election.

Parties can also contest the election in individual states only. For this, they have to collect the following numbers of signatures:

Parties can collect the signatures between July 25 and August 18. The state and federal election commissions will validate the signatures and announce the qualified parties on August 24.[6]

Opinion polls[edit]

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