Everyone who lives here belongs to the community – regardless of citizenship

Over 4.5 million residents of legal voting age in Germany have no right to vote in federal and communal elections. They do not have a German or EU passport and have been living and working here on the average for 16 years.
Since 1994 EU-nationals of legal voting age have the right to vote or run as candidate at local elections in all EU-member states, but in many states non-EU nationals still have no voting rights. We want to change this.
The right to participate in elections is a basic principle of every democratic state. Foreign citizen participation in elections promotes integration and expresses social and political equality. This is already common practice in 15 of 28 EU countries.
Anyone who is affected by political decisions should be involved in the decision-making process through voting rights. That’s how democracy works.

Our campaign

We are starting a campaign for political participation and equal voting rights in conjunction with the 2019 EU-elections and local elections in European states.
Through symbolic elections and other events, we raise awareness about voting rights.

We aim to motivate citizens with migration backgrounds to make use of their voting rights and invite residents who are not legally allowed to vote to cast a symbolic ballot in one of our polling stations. There, we will use the same election procedure as the official election. After the election, the ballots will be officially presented to our elected representatives.
Migrant councils and organizations in Europe have formed coalitions and networks, like the Netzwerk “wir wählen” in Germany or the collective “J’y suis, j’y vote” in France. Stop by and join us!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Act now and support the campaign

Vote symbolically for more participation

Take a stand and cast your ballot in our symbolic election or find out more at our information booths and events regarding voting rights.

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Support us in your area

Support one of our partners in your area, hang up posters, or take part in an election event. Or simply contact a partner in your area.

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Start a campaign in your area

If there is no partner in your area, you can get active yourself. Set up an information booth, organize events or put on symbolic elections in order to raise awareness. We can refer you to contact partners and send you material. Just contact us.

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Events and polling stations in Europe

active initiative

23.02. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgLink

26.04. - 6 pm

european day of voting rights for all
online - event / please contact
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgLink
active initiative in this country

october 2020 - Vienna

Pass Egal Wahl - passport does not matter election
symbolic election
active initiative in this country

2019 - Brussels

campaign for equal voting rights
city & region of Brussels
active initiative in this country

2022 - Basel

regional referendum on voting rights for all
residents after 5 years in Basel
campaignlinkf

09.11.2019 - Basel

migrantsession
city assembly hall - Basel
migrants vote!link
active initiative in this country

04 - 15.03.2020

vote symbolique e votation citoyenne
Paris, Amiens, Saint Denis, Bagnolet, Créteil, Gennevilliers, Villetaneuse, Montreuil
active initiative in this country

March 2020

symbolic elections at local elections
in Bavaria
Erlangen, München, Nürnberg

May 2019

symbolic elections at local & EU-elections
Berlin, Chemnitz, Freiburg

September 2017

federal campaign & symbolic elections
at federal election
Weimar, Jena, Erfurt, Halle, Magdeburg, Dessau-Roßlau, Gießen, Bad Vilbel, Dietzenbach, Wetzlar, Bernau, Eberswalde, Nürnberg, Mannheim, Koblenz, Bamberg, Kempten, Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Freiburg, Berlin
11 (out of 16) stateslink#
Active initiative in this country

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Event
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active initiative in this country

May 2019

symbolic electionsat mayor and EU-election
Bari, Lecce
Active initiative in this country

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News

2 Wochenvor

5 Monatenvor

our friends in Vienna run a wonderful campaign and give Viennese residents without voting right a ... Sehen Sie mehr

7 Monatenvor
Joe & the concert hall in Freiburg

Freiburg has been Joe's home for more than three decades. As a musician he harmonizes well with the ... Sehen Sie mehr

9 Monatenvor

The seed is planted - immigrant voting rights initiatives from 6 european countries came togehter ... Sehen Sie mehr

11 Monatenvor
Droit de vote des étrangers : en Seine-Saint-Denis, «beaucoup se sentent mis à l’écart»

Today not only french and EU-citizens are asked to give their vote at the local elections in ... Sehen Sie mehr

Le département compte 241 503 étrangers de plus de 15 ans non issus de l’Union européenne. Un ... Sehen Sie mehr

Initiatives in Europe

14 out of 27 EU-member states already practice voting rights for some or all „Third-Country-Nationals“.
In other EU- as non-EU-countries these initiatives are active:

the campaign “I live here, I vote here” is inspired by the network “we vote” in Germany,
supported by Citizens for Europe and realized by Freiburger Wahlkreis 100%.

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