In the runoff for the recent Austrian presidential election, the FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer was beaten by a slim margin after the postal votes were counted. The absentee ballots favored the Green candidate Alexander van der Bellen, enough to give him the final victory.
It turns out that there were a few, well, peculiarities in this election. One of them is described in this brief article from Österreich Online. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation:
Wrong result for Waidhofen/Ybbs declared
Does not mean a substantial change of the general outcome
The Ministry of the Interior published a false election result on their homepage for the Lower Austrian city Waidhofen an der Ybbs. The chart showed a voter participation of 146.9% . As the director of the electoral office, Robert Stein, stated Monday night on “ZiB 2” on ORF [the state broadcaster], the result will be corrected.
No indications of similar errors
There is no indication that this error has any substantial impact on the general outcome of the election, and at this time there are no indications either that there are similar errors which could influence the election result, says Stein.
“No indications of similar errors” means that none have yet found their way into the press. Given the other “irregularities” in the vote — the massive number of votes for Van der Bellen among the postal ballots, the massive number of votes for Hofer among the spoiled ballots — I’d have to say that this election is definitely quacking like a Boss Tweed duck.