In the current Austrian legal system, no
mandatory voting is exercised any
Regarding elections to the National Council,
the duty to cast a vote was abolished in 1992. Until then, the
provincial law maker was entitled to regulate mandatory voting in
the respective provincial election laws. Styria, Tyrol and
Vorarlberg were the last provinces to exercise compulsory voting
nation-wide duty to vote in presidential elections only existed until
1982. Subsequently it was up to the provincial law maker whether or
not such a duty was upheld in a respective province. During the elections to the office of Federal President in 2004, only the
province of Tyrol still had a provision governing compulsory voting.
However, said provision was abolished in the same year, shortly
after the elections. Hence, there will be no mandatory voting in the
forthcoming presidential elections in 2010.