Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote, by Kimberley Bradley.
The results were too close to call when polls closed at 5 p.m. on May 22; only after nearly 700,000 mail-in ballots were tallied was the result announced, midafternoon on May 23.
Mr. Van der Bellen [the Greens] was declared the winner, with 50.35 percent of the vote and a very tight lead of 30,863 ballots….
On Wednesday, the Freedom Party’s chairman, Heinz-Christian Strache, submitted 150 pages of documents to the Constitutional Court, claiming “numerous irregularities and failures” in the counting of the runoff votes. …
Mr. Strache said there had been electoral irregularities or fraud in 94 of 117 regional polling stations. In 82 of the stations, he said, at least 573,000 mail-in ballots were sorted or counted before the election authorities were even on site to monitor the process.
The mail-in vote was suspiciously lopsided.
Norbert Hofer looked poised to win before the postal votes were accounted for, swinging the vote in favour of Alexander Van der Bellen.
hat-tip Stephen Neil