Austria gets do-over in razor-close election almost won by ‘populist’ gun-rights enthusiast

Austria gets do-over in razor-close election almost won by ‘populist’ gun-rights enthusiast
Norbert Hofer, leader of Austria's Freedom Party. (Image: Screen grab of Euro News video, YouTube)

Austria’s highest court ruled for a do-over of the presidential election runoff after it found discrepancies in the mail ballots.

The mail-in ballots made former Green Party chief Alexander Van der Bellen president with 50.3% of the vote over Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer. …

Lawyers for the Freedom Party claimed 94 of the 117 districts “illegally handled” the ballots by opening them “far earlier than permitted.” They also believe that people under 16-year-olds and foreigners voted. …

This could have even more implications, after Brexit.

As Jazz Shaw at Hot Air notes:

Yep. We’re basically going to do the whole thing over again. The European media is already wetting itself over the implications because of Hofer’s stance on immigration and national sovereignty. (The fact that he carries a Glock on the campaign trail doesn’t make him any more popular with the press either.)

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