Letter to first-time voters

24. April 2023

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Dear first-time voter!

From May 9 to 11, 2023, the elections of the Austrian Student Union (ÖH) will take place. In doing so, you determine what your legal representation of interests will look like over the next two years. As such, the ÖH represents the interests of all 345,000 students.
students entitled to vote in their interests in Austria.

However, not only the Austrian National Union of Students federal body of Representatives, which represents the students’ interests nationwide, is elected.
but also the individual university and student representatives directly at your respective university. The ÖH is committed to students in Austria at all levels – e.g. in the form of personal counseling, participation in decision-making bodies at your university or also by organizing events.
It is all the more important that you exercise your right to vote! It is a feature of our democracy that you can help shape decisions through your vote. With your vote, you not only strengthen the legitimacy of the ÖH as your own legal representation of interests, you also send a signal of trust in our democracy.
You can exercise your right to vote in person on election days at the polling station at your university, college of education, university of applied sciences, or private college or university.

All information can be found on the ÖH election website at oehwahl23.at. You can also cast your vote by absentee ballot. You can apply for the voting card at wahlportal.oeh.ac.at.
This must be received by the ÖH (Taubstummengasse 7-9, 1040 Vienna) no later than May 10, 2023 at 6 pm. Also note that absentee voting is only available for the election of university and federal representatives; voting for student representatives can only be done in person at the polling place.

In order for the ÖH to be able to continue its strong representation work in the future, it needs your vote. That is why we ask you: Use your voice.
Vote today, shape tomorrow!

ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
Keya Baier, Chairwoman of the ÖH Federal Representative Council

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