Some Statistics concerning the Austrian Presidential Election 2016

  • Erich Neuwirth Fakult\"at f\"ur Informatik, Universit\"at Wien
  • Walter Schachermayer Fakult\"at f\"ur Mathematik, Universit\"at Wien, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, A-1090 Wien, Austria, and the Institute for Theoretical Studies, ETH Zurich

Abstract

The 2016 Austrian presidential runoff election have been repealed by the Austrian constitutional court. The results of the counted votes had yielded a victory of Alexander van der Bellen by a margin of 30.863 votes as compared to the votes for Norbert Hofer. However, the constitutional court found that 77.769 votes were ``contaminated'' as there have been - at least on a formal level - violations of the legal procedure when counting those votes. For example, the envelopes were opened prematurely, or not all the members of the electoral board were present during the counting etc. Hence the court considered the scenario that the irregular counting of these votes might have caused a reversal of the result as {\it possible}. The constitutional court sentenced that this {\it possibility} presents a sufficient irregularity in order to order a repetition of the entire election.

While it is, of course, {\it possible} that the irregular counting of those 77.769 votes reversed the result, we shall show that the probability, that this indeed has happened, is ridiculously low.

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Published
2016-09-28
How to Cite
Neuwirth, E., & Schachermayer, W. (2016). Some Statistics concerning the Austrian Presidential Election 2016. Austrian Journal of Statistics, 45(3), 95-102. https://doi.org/10.17713/ajs.v45i3.596
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