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

Over 5.3 million residents of legal voting age in Germany have no right to vote in federal and communal elections, eventhough they have been living and working here on the average of 16 years. It's because they do not have a German or EU passport.
Since 1994 EU-nationals of legal voting age have the right to vote or run as candidates during local elections in all EU-member states. But in many of the EU-27 states, non-EU nationals - roughly 21,8 million citizens - 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, and the United Kingdom.
Anyone who is affected by political decisions and who pays taxes should be involved in the decision-making process through voting rights. That’s how democracy works.

Our campaign

In conjunction with the 2019 EU-elections and local elections in European states, we have started a campaign for political participation and equal voting rights.
Through symbolic elections and other events, we raise awareness about equal 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 vote in one of our symbolic polling stations. There, we will use the same election procedure as the official election. After the election, the ballots will be officially presented to the elected representatives.

Migrant councils and organizations in Europe have formed coalitions and networks, like the nationwide network “Wir Wählen” in Germany or the collective “J’y suis, j’y vote” in France. The Europe-wide network VRAR (Voting Rights for All Residents) was founded in 2020, with voting rights initiatives from 6 European countries. Be part of the change and join us!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Act now and support the campaign

Vote symbolically for more participation

Take a stand and cast your vote during one of our symbolic elections. Learn more about equal voting rights at one of our information booths or during one of our events.

Events
Support us in your area

Support one of our partners in your area by hanging up posters, or take part in a symbolic election event. Or simply get in contact with one of our partners in your area.

Find a Community Partner
Start a campaign in your area

If there is no partner in your area, you can become active yourself. Set up an information booth, organize events or coordinate symbolic elections in order to raise awareness. We can provide you with the necessary experience, materials and guidance. We are looking forward to hearing from you and your campaign!

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Contact

Events and polling stations in Europe

active initiative

23.10.2021 - big event

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ more info coming soon
contact@votingrightsforall.netLinkf

03.08.2021 - 7.30 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
contact@votingrightsforall.netLinkf

08.06.2021 - 7 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
contact@votingrightsforall.netLinkf

10.05.2021 - 7 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
contact@votingrightsforall.netLinkf

26.04.2021 - 6 pm

European Day of Voting Rights for All
online/ please contact
vrar@we-vote.euLink

24.03.2021 - 7 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
vrar@we-vote.eufvideo

09.03.2021 - 7 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgLinkvideo

23.02.2021 - 7 pm

European Network Meeting - VRAR
online/ please contact
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgLink
active initiative in this country

17.08. - 06.10.2020

Pass Egal Wahl - Symbolic Election
Vienna
office@sosmitmensch.atLink#
active initiative in this country

2019

Campaign for Equal Voting Rights
city and region of Brussels
active initiative in this country

15.09.2021 - Basel

Let's Play Demokratie!
18.30 Uhr
Veranstaltung der GGG MigrationAnmeldung

Since 2020

Campaign - 5 Jahre Basel
voting rights after 5 years of residence in Basel
info@mitstimme.chlinkf

09.11.2019

Migrant*innensession
city assembly hall - Basel
parliamentary sessionlink

27.10.2018

Migrant*innensession
city assembly hall - Basel
parliamentary sessionlink
active initiative in this country

26.05.2021 - 6.30 pm

collectif j'y suis, j'y vote - Network Meeting
open to all interested initiatives
onlinelinkf

26.04.2021 - 7.30 pm

collectif j'y suis, j'y vote - Network Meeting
open to all interested initiatives
onlinef

04.03. - 15.03.2020

Vote Symbolique e Votation Citoyenne
Paris, Amiens, Saint Denis, Bagnolet, Créteil, Gennevilliers, Villetaneuse, Montreuil
active initiative in this country

26.07.2021 - 7.30 pm

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

24.06.2021 - 7.30 pm

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

15.05.2021 - 11 am

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

24.04.2021 - 11 am

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

20.03.2021 - 11 am

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

20.02.2021 - 11 am

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Network Meeting
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

16.01.2021 - 11 am

Wir wählen - Campaign 2021 - Kickoff
online
kontakt@wirwählen.orgf#

March 2020

Symbolic Local Elections in Bavaria
Erlangen, München, Nürnberg
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgf#

May 2019

Symbolic Local and EU-Elections
Berlin, Chemnitz, Freiburg
kontakt@wir-wählen.orgf#

September 2017

Federal Campaign and Symbolic Elections
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) states participatedf#
Active initiative in this country

Date, Location

Event
Details
active initiative in this country

08.07. - 09.07.2021

Workshop: The Ethical Complexity of Voting
Genoa, online

May 2019

Symbolic Elections at Mayor and EU-Election
Bari, Lecce

News

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

Initiatives in Europe

14 out of 27 EU-member states already practice voting rights for some or all „third country nationals“.
In other EU-member states, as well as in non-EU-countries, a variety of initiatives from France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Germany advocate for equal voting rights in their respective countries. In 2020, the initiatives below have founded the Europe-wide network VRAR – Voting Rights for ALL Residents:

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

We are happy to hear from you!