Austria's Election Do-Over Could Put The Country's Far Right In Power
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer's narrow electoral defeat was thrown out by Austria's Constitutional Court on Friday.By Matt Picht | July 1, 2016
The country's Constitutional Court has thrown out the results of that election due to irregularities in how the mail-in ballots were counted. There's no actual evidence of tampering, but the number of affected ballots is more than double the number of votes that ended up deciding the election.
Hofer, a candidate for the Freedom Party, ran a runoff election against liberal candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, who's backed by the Green Party. Van der Bellen won by around 31,000 votes; he was due to be sworn in next week but will have to stand aside while the election is rerun.