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Are you a young Austrian voter?

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Up to 200,000 Austrian teenagers could vote in the forthcoming elections

Austria makes history in the European Union on Sunday by becoming the first member of the 27-nation bloc to give 16-year-olds a voice in national elections. Are you an Austrian teenager who will be going to the polls?

Around 200,000 Austrian teenagers will be able to vote in the weekend's elections.

10 parties have said they want to take a stab at ruling the Alpine republic. But only about half have a realistic chance of actually making it into parliament, where 183 seats are up for grabs.

One commentator, Ferdinand Karlhofer, head of the University of Innsbruck's political science department, has said the elections will be decided mainly by people over the age of 50.

Are you an Austrian teenager who is eligible to vote? Will you be voting? How significant do you think your vote is? What issues are important to you? What will influence the way you vote?


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