It's Happening! Austrian Court Orders Do-Over Of Presidential Election

Chris Menahan
Jul. 01, 2016

Are you tired of winning yet?

Well, too bad, we're going to keep winning, and even when you can't take any more winning, we're going to keep winning again and again!

Via Reuters:
Austria's highest court has overturned the results of the country's presidential election and ordered a re-do, citing vote-counting irregularities.

In the May runoff election, left-leaning, Green Party-backed candidate Alexander Van der Bellen defeated his far-right, anti-immigration rival Norbert Hofer by fewer than 31,000 votes. As we reported, his margin of victory was just 0.6 percent.

This is the "first time anything like this has happened in Austria's postwar history," as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast unit. She adds that Van der Bellen was supposed to be sworn in next Friday.

Now, Hofer has another chance at victory. If elected, he would be "the first far-right head of state in the European Union," as Reuters reports.
The Constitutional Court ruled Friday on an appeal by Hofer's Freedom Party against the election's outcome.

"The court says postal votes were opened prematurely and in some cases their counting was unsupervised," Kerry Skyring reported for NPR from Vienna. "It says there is no evidence of vote manipulation, but because the potential for it existed, the result should be annulled."

As the BBC reports, the Freedom Party "also claimed to have evidence that some under-16s and foreigners had been allowed to vote."

Hofer's strong showing in the May runoff was seen as an indication of the rising power of far-right, ultra-nationalist parties in Europe.
This is massive, the election was definitely stolen from Hofer with voter fraud, if he can get an honest do-over he stands a huge chance of victory and Europe will finally have it's first far-right head of state since 1945!

Think back one year ago, who could have possibly anticipated these huge victories in just one year's time?

I don't know about you, but I thought things were really bleak.

Now we have the rise of Trump, the rise of nationalism all over Europe, the impending collapse of the EU, and an awakening among Europeans and Americans to the perils of open borders and mass migration.

It's happening friends, it's really happening.

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