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 - 21,8 million citizens in EU27 - 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 14 of 27 EU countries. As well in other European countries like Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, United Kingdom.
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.

Find events
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.

Find community partner
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

08.06. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact

10.05. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact

26.04. - 6 pm

european day of voting rights for all
online - event / please contact

24.03. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact

09.03. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact

23.02. - 7 pm

european network meeting - VRAR
online - event / please contact
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

09.11.2019 - Basel

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

26.05.21, 6.30 pm

collectif j'y suis, j'y vote
network meeting
all interested initiatives
collectif j'y suis, j'y votelinkf

26.04.21, 7.30 pm

network meeting
direct after european event 6-7.30 pm
all interested initiatives
collectif j'y suis, j'y votelink

04 - 15.03.2020

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


wir wählen - campaign 2021
network meeting
federal campaign

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

Date, Location

active initiative in this country

May 2019

symbolic electionsat mayor and EU-election
Bari, Lecce


August 3, 2021

Martin Horn, the Mayor of Freiburg, Germany gives a statement pro voting rights for all residents ... Sehen Sie mehr

May 28, 2021

TODAY is election day. For all residents without german passport in the federal state ... Sehen Sie mehr

April 26, 2021

Internationaler Aktions- und Gedenktag für das Wahlrecht für ALLE. Ein online event des ... Sehen Sie mehr

April 26, 2021

Voilà - welcome to the "International Day of Voting Rights for ALL" - April 26. "As a Norwegian I ... Sehen Sie mehr

April 7, 2021

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 in  France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Germany are active and formed 2020 the network Voting Rights for ALL Residents -VRAR:

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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