Petitions for referendums are legislative proposals submitted by citizens. They can initiate a legislative procedure in the National Council themselves. In the first step, a petition for a referendum requires a certain number of declarations of support in order to be initiated. If the required number is reached, the petition for a referendum is initiated and can be signed by citizens in the second step. If 100,000 signatures are obtained, the petition for a referendum must be discussed in the National Council. Therefore, in the first step of a petition for a referendum there is the possibility to submit a declaration of support and in the second step to sign the petition for a referendum. A declaration of support automatically counts as a signature for the petition for a referendum.
For which referendum petitions can I currently submit a declaration of support?
Information on currently registered referendum petitions for which statements of support can be submitted can be found here.
Where & how can I submit my declaration of support for a referendum petition?
In order to initiate a petition for a referendum, a sufficient number of declarations of support must be available.
You can submit statements of support in Innsbruck in two ways:
- online (for this you need the mobile signature or ID Austria)
- in person at Service Unit Registration and residents' affairs, passport matters - Declarations of support for referendums & elections Please draw a number under the designation "Declaration of support" and do not forget an official photo ID in the original.
Where & how can I sign a petition for a referendum?
In order for an initiated petition for a referendum to be dealt with in the National Council, there must be a sufficient number of signatures.
You can submit signatures in Innsbruck in two ways:
The referendum is held before a law is passed and is used by politicians to ask the opinion of the Austrian population before final decisions are made.
As soon as there is a referendum, you will find more info about it here.
Last updated 02.12.2022