Vorarlberg state election could see ÖVP lose majority
The western most state of Austria, Vorarlberg, is holding its Landtage election today. Currently the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) hold 20 of the 36 seats in the parliament. They took 50.79% of the vote in 2009.
The right-wing to far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) came second in 2009 with 25.12% of the vote and 9 seats. In third place, the Greens took 10.58% and four seats whilst the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) finished the allocation of seats, taking three seats with 10.02% of the vote.
There are 267,104 eligible voters and they will be voting from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time. Results should be known by about 5 p.m. local time. The main question is whether Governor Markus Wallner, who is competing for the first time as the leading candidate, will be able to hold on to an absolute majority. There are nine parties contesting the election and the threshold for representation is 5%.