If you have any further questions, we will be happy to help you at wahl2021@oeh.ac.at.

    • When are the ÖH elections happening?
      The nationwide ÖH elections will take place from May 18 to May 20, 2021.
      Early voting (May 14 and 15) at FH/PH/PU is possible.

    • Who is eligible to vote?
      All ordinary members of the ÖH (students) are eligible to vote if they have registered for the current summer semester 2021 no later than March 20th. “Incomings” (students who are attending their institution as part of an exchange program), “outgoings” (students who are currently studying abroad for a semester), students pursuing an individual degree program and foreign students have the possibility to vote.

    • Who can request an absentee ballot?
      Everyone who is eligible to vote.

    • What races can be voted in by mail-in ballot?
      Only federal-level and institution-level representatives can be elected by mail-in ballots. Student representatives at program level can exclusively be elected at in-person polling stations at your respective institution.

    • What is the cutoff date for requesting an absentee ballot?
      You can request your absentee ballot up until a week before the first election day, so until May 11, 2021.

    • How is the absentee ballot delivered?
      The absentee ballot will be sent via post to your registered postal address. If you want to receive your absentee ballot at a different address, you must add this information to the ballot request.

    • When does my mail-in ballot need to reach the election commission for it to be counted?
      In order for your vote to be counted, the absentee ballot must be correctly filled out and reach the election commission by 6pm on May 19, 2021.

    • Where do I take my filled-out ballot?
      You can either take your absentee ballot to a mailbox near you or hand it in on one of the election days at your local institution.

    • What do I do if I don’t have a national insurance number?

      Instead of the national insurance number, the substitute registration number can be provided.
      If the substitute registration number is missing, it is not possible to issue the voter card.Detailed requirements for the issuance of the electoral card can be found under §53 HSWO.


If you have already requested an absentee ballot, you can only vote for your program representatives if you bring any and all received absentee voting documents to your polling station in a blank state where they will be exchanged for a regular ballot. The enclosed affidavit must also remain blank.