State election in Vorarlberg 2019

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2014State election 2019
(Voter turnout: 61.41%)


Distribution of seats
A total of 36 seats

The state election in Vorarlberg on October 13, 2019 was the 16th election of the Vorarlberg state parliament since 1945. In this election, which became necessary because the five-year term of the 30th Vorarlberg state parliament expired in 2019, all 36 members were newly elected . They will then elect the new Vorarlberg state government in their constituent meeting on November 6, 2019 .

According to the preliminary election results (without postal votes from outside the constituency), the two previous governing parties, the ÖVP and the Greens, each achieved gains. The SPÖ and NEOS also achieved a slight increase in votes. The biggest loser in the election was the FPÖ , which lost more than nine percentage points when its new top candidate Christof Bitschi ran for the first time and had to give up second place to the Greens. Once again, the People's Party was clearly in first place, which under Governor Markus Wallner was unable to achieve an absolute majority in the mandate, but with slight increases it clearly secured first place with almost 25 percentage points ahead of the second-placed Greens.

Starting position

In the 2014 state elections , the Vorarlberg People's Party was again the party with the strongest vote by a large margin (41.79%), but for the second time after 1999 it lost not only an absolute majority of votes but also a mandate majority and was thus forced to form a coalition government . After exploratory talks with all parliamentary groups, the ÖVP and the Greens agreed to form the first black-green government coalition in Vorarlberg ( Wallner II regional government ). The governing parties ÖVP and Greens together had 22 of 36 seats in the Landtag in the 30th legislative period (2014–2019) . The Greens (17.14%) were one of the winners in the 2014 election alongside the first-time party NEOS - Das Neue Österreich and Liberales Forum (6.89%), with both parties gaining more than 6 percent of the votes. The SPÖ Vorarlberg was one of the losers in the election at the time and for the first time in its history achieved less than ten percent of the votes with only 8.77% of the vote, but was able to just about hold its third mandate in the state parliament. The FPÖ also recorded slight losses (23.42%), which nevertheless remained clearly the second strongest party in the Vorarlberg state parliament.

Both the Social Democrats and the Freedom Party took over the 30th legislative session two changes to their national party leadership before: In the SPÖ followed, first from September 2016 Gabriele Sprickler-Falschlunger on Michael Ritsch , then took over on Sept. 20, 2018 Martin Staudinger her to chair of the Vorarlberg Social Democrats. In the FPÖ, Reinhard Eugen Bösch, Member of the National Council, took over leadership of the party from Dieter Egger on July 1, 2016 . Bösch was subsequently replaced by Christof Bitschi as FPÖ regional chairman on June 8, 2018 .

Election campaign

After the " Ibiza Affair " became known in May 2019, in which the then FPÖ Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was significantly involved, Governor Markus Wallner concluded a coalition with the FPÖ at the state level and questioned the specific election date due to the early National Council election . Although it was initially considered to merge the dates of the early elections at federal level and the state elections, the state government rejected this idea shortly afterwards for reasons of legal certainty. Christof Bitschi , the regional party leader of the FPÖ Vorarlberg, had already excluded a coalition with the "Wallner ÖVP" when he took office in June 2018, but sent more conciliatory signals to the Vorarlberg People's Party before the "Ibiza Affair" became known, according to political observers.

Parties and Spitzenkandidaten

Ballot for the state election in the Dornbirn constituency
Parties in the state election 2019
list logo designation abbreviation
1 Logo Vorarlberger VP 2014.jpg Governor Markus Wallner
- Vorarlberg People's Party
2 Logo Vorarlberger Freiheitliche.jpg Vorarlberg Freedom Party - FPÖ FPÖ
3 Green Logo.svg The Greens
- Green Alternative Vorarlberg
4th Logo SPÖ Vorarlberg.png Dr. Martin Staudinger - SPÖ Vorarlberg SPÖ
5 NEOS - The New Austria logo.svg NEOS - The New Vorarlberg NEOS
6th   Home of all cultures HAK
7th Men's party-logo-short.png Men's party - for fair cooperation M.
8th   WIR - platform for families
and child protection
9 Logo Cpoe.png Christian Party of Austria CPÖ
10   Xi - chance future XI
11 G! LT-Logo each vote.png Every vote APPLIES:
Citizens' parliaments & expert government
12 Change quer.png CHANGE - thinking ahead in Vorarlberg.
There is a lot to be gained.
Party names and order of the parties according to Determination
by the state electoral authority

Parties already represented in the state parliament

As in the 2014 state elections, Governor Markus Wallner was nominated by the Vorarlberg People's Party as the nationwide top candidate. Also for the coalition partner of the People's Party in the state government since 2014, Die Grünen Vorarlberg , the same top candidate, Regional Councilor Johannes Rauch, ran as in 2009 and 2014. For the FPÖ Vorarlberg , their new state party leader Christof Bitschi ran as the top candidate in the state elections. In June 2018, the SPÖ Vorarlberg nominated its new party chairman Martin Staudinger as the top candidate for the state election. As the first on the list of the fifth parliamentary group in the Vorarlberg state parliament, NEOS , the top candidate of the last election and state spokeswoman Sabine Scheffknecht ran again .

Parties not yet represented in the state parliament

Several parties and groups not previously represented in the state parliament announced in the run-up to the state elections that they would run nationwide. In order to run in a Vorarlberg state election, at least 100 declarations of support must be submitted in an electoral district in accordance with Section 27 (5) of the State Election Act. Parties that want to run nationwide must collect 100 declarations of support in each of the four state electoral districts and submit them to the state electoral authority. Any person entitled to vote in the respective constituency can submit such a declaration of support.

At the end of the submission deadline on August 23, it was clear that a total of twelve lists had included nominations for the state election. In addition to the already represented in parliament parties the list ranged home of all cultures (HAK), the men's party , the transformation , the list Xi - Chance future , the list WE - platform for family and child protection , the Christian Party of Austria and the list Every vote APPLY Nominations. The CPÖ only ran for election in the constituencies of Bregenz, Bludenz and Feldkirch, but not in the constituency of Dornbirn. The GILT list only submitted a district election proposal for the Feldkirch constituency. All other parties and lists submitted nominations for all electoral districts, running nationwide.

As the only party that was still running in 2014, the Pirate Party decided not to run again in 2019. When it entered the polls in 2014, the Pirate Party had only achieved 0.47% of the votes cast and thus the second worst result of all the participating parties.

Election result

The ÖVP won the majority of votes in all municipalities:
> 80–90% ÖVP > 70–80% ÖVP > 60–70% ÖVP > 50–60% ÖVP > 40–50% ÖVP > 30–40% ÖVP

Official final result of the 2019 state election
  Results 2019 Results 2014 Differences
Eligible voters 270,521 267.104 + 3,417
voter turnout 61.41% 64.31% - 2.90%
  be right % Mand. be right % Mand. be right % Mand.
Votes cast 166.130   171,765     - 5,635    
Invalid 919 0.55%   1,396 0.81%   - 477 - 0.26%  
Valid 165.211 99.45% 170.369 99.19%   - 5,158 + 0.26%  
Party 1    
VP 71,911 43.53% 17th 71.205 41.79% 16 + 706 + 1.74% + 1
FPÖ 23,011 13.93% 5 39,892 23.42% 9 - 16,881 - 9.49% - 4th
GREEN 31,201 18.89% 7th 29,193 17.14% 6th + 2,008 + 1.74% + 1
SPÖ 15,635 9.46% 4th 14,948 8.77% 3 + 687 + 0.69% + 1
NEOS 14,064 8.51% 3 11,743 6.89% 2 + 2,321 + 1.62% + 1
HAK 3,066 1.85% 0 not running  
M. 567 0.34% 0 672 0.39% 0 - 105 - 0.05% ± 0
WE 1,144 0.69% 0 1,088 0.64% 0 + 56 + 0.05% ± 0
CPÖ 426 0.26% 0 833 0.49% 0 - 407 - 0.23% ± 0
XI 2,481 1.50% 0 not running  
APPLIES 230 0.14% 0 not running  
CHANGE 1,475 0.89% 0 not running  
total 100.00% 36    

1 Party names as abbreviations according to the official election proposal

The percentages in the “Result” columns in the 3 table sections relate to different aggregates: The number of all eligible voters / the votes cast / the valid votes. The percentages under “Differences”, however, are the arithmetic difference between the two percentages of the results in the same line.

Mandate distribution

The distribution of the state parliament mandates to the individual parties takes place in Vorarlberg according to the Hagenbach-Bischoff process . First, a number of votes is determined by dividing the total number of votes cast in the constituency by the mandates to be awarded there (plus one). This number of votes is then used to determine how often the number of votes is included in the number of votes allotted to the parties. The result is rounded down to a whole number and gives the number of constituency mandates of the individual parties. The remaining votes of each party are converted into mandates at the state level in a second preliminary investigation according to the same principle.

Distribution of mandates and elected mandataries
  Bludenz constituency Bregenz constituency Dornbirn constituency Feldkirch constituency Second preliminary investigation
Mandataries AZ Mandataries AZ Mandataries AZ Mandataries AZ Mandataries AZ
VP Christian Gantner  a
Andrea Schwarzmann
Monika Vonier
3 Bernhard Feuerstein
Roland Breakfast
Veronika Marte
Christina Metzler
Martina Rüscher  a
5 Susanne Andexlinger
Patrick Wiedl
Thomas Winsauer
3 Steve Mayr
Barbara Schöbi-Fink  a
Harald Sonderegger
Markus Wallner  a
4th Christoph Thoma
Raphael Wichtl
FPÖ Christof Bitschi
1 Hubert Kinz 1 Dieter Egger 1 Andrea Kerbleder 1 Daniel Allgäuer 1
GREEN   0 Eva Hammerer
Sandra Schoch
2 Daniel Zadra 1 Christoph Metzler
Bernhard Weber
2 Vahide Aydın
Nadine Kasper
SPÖ   0 Martin Staudinger 1   0   0 Manuela Auer
Michael Ritsch
Elke Zimmermann
NEOS   0 Johannes Gasser 1   0 Sabine Scheffknecht 1 Gerfried Thür 1

a After the election to the state government in the first state parliament session, the state parliament mandate is waived.


Immediately after the state elections, Governor Markus Wallner, as party chairman of what was once again by far the strongest party, held talks on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 with the party leaders of all other state parliament parties. The next day, however, as indicated several times before the election, the two previous government partners ÖVP and Greens started coalition talks. As early as November 4th, and thus only a little more than two weeks later, the black-green coalition negotiators submitted a renewed coalition agreement to their party committees for voting, which was accepted with a large majority by both the ÖVP state party presidency and the green state assembly. Barbara Schöbi-Fink (ÖVP) became the new state governor in the new black-green coalition government of the Wallner III state government under the leadership of Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP) , Marco Tittler (ÖVP) succeeded Karlheinz Rüdisser as the new economic councilor and Martina Rüscher (ÖVP) as Christian Bernhard's successor, the new state councilor for health. Christian Gantner from the ÖVP and Johannes Rauch and Katharina Wiesflecker from the Greens remained members of the state government as state councilors.

In the constituent state parliament session of the XXXI. Legislative period on November 6th, 17 out of 36 MPs entered the state parliament. The Vorarlberg Landtag then re-elected Harald Sonderegger (ÖVP) as President of the Landtag and new Monika Vonier (ÖVP) and Sandra Schoch (GREEN) as his deputies. The FPÖ, which had appointed a deputy president with Ernst Hagen in the previous legislative period, lost the right to nominate both the deputy president of the state parliament and a member of the Federal Council. Both nomination rights were transferred to the Greens, who nominated as Federal Council member Adi Gross , who had been their club chairman in the state parliament in the previous legislative period.


Web links

Commons : 2019 Vorarlberg state election  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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