Elections & Votes: Why Our Choices Matter

Elections are the easiest way to participate as a citizen in a democracy. In addition, one can also be a member of a party or an interest group, get involved in citizens’ initiatives or, for example, influence public opinion and the legislature with petitions.

The vote the most typical and most important way to participate. In principle, it is open to all citizens of the country. In a democracy we can vote. It cannot be taken for granted. Political power is regularly redistributed through elections. And we can have a say through voting.

Here we have listed 10 good reasons to choose :

Because it is my right and my privilege ! Only the people can send their representatives, democracy is the basis for every eligible voter to be able to actively participate in democracy. In many other countries this cannot be taken for granted. I should use my right of co-determination over the representatives of the people.

Because every vote counts!

Often a choice is very tight. It then depends on every single vote to bring the party to power, which I support. My voice is important!

Because voting protects me from extremism !

Those who do not vote make it easier for extremist currents to have a greater influence on politics. A high voter turnout, and therefore my vote, can prevent a rude awakening.

Because not voting out of protest does not work!

If I want to give a party a lesson by not voting, it won’t work. My voice just falls under the table. If I choose, on the other hand, I can clearly prefer one party to the other. Not voting does not harm any party.

Because choosing means taking responsibility!

Politicians decide today on many tomorrow’s issues that will affect young people in the future. Non-voters refrain from taking responsibility for the future and actively helping to shape it.

Because invalid ballot papers count too!

It is better to cast an invalid ballot than not to vote at all – because invalid votes count towards voter turnout. Many invalid votes send a symbolic signal: Political interest is there, but the parties do not stand for these voters.

Because voting is a civic duty!

Nobody is forced to vote. But I have the freedom to do so – and should use it! A low turnout shows disinterest in politics and could lead to compulsory voting. And much more important: a democracy can only exist in the long term if citizens participate in it. In addition, the elected people are legitimized by the fact that as many as possible voted for them.

Because with my choice

I decide who will be (mayor), local councilor, local councilor, district councilor, district councilor or member of the regional assembly! It’s about the person who represents where I live and who is in charge of political affairs.

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