Berlin, 10 September 2013. Austerity measures for crisis-hit countries, exports of weapons, and restrictive asylum policies: These are only three examples of how German politics affect people all around the world. The German government takes decisions that influence people’s daily lives, but most of them are not allowed to participate in the election of this government. To protest against this democratic deficit in international and global politics, a network of political activists called Egality started an “Electoral Rebellion”. On their Facebook page, Germans give their votes to people in other countries such as Spain. With this action they call for a new form of democracy that goes beyond national borders. Hundreds of Germans and people from all around the globe have already joined the Rebellion.
What participants say
“It has always given me goose bumps to hear stories about people in the past who fought for poor people’s right to vote,” says Luisa from Germany, 28 years old. “Electoral Rebellion is a great way to transport this spirit to our global age, and to non-violently protest against the lack of accountability of decision makers to those affected. Precisely because I love my right to vote I would like to give it to someone who is just as influenced by the power of the German government as I am.”
Joan Marc from Spain, 38 years old, has received Luisa’s vote. “I do mind that the people that take decisions about the future of my country are not being accountable to us, Spanish citizens, who will suffer the consequences of their decisions. This is why I’m happy to be given the opportunity to vote in the German elections.”
How does “Electoral Rebellion” work?
On the “Electoral Rebellion” Facebook page, Germans can post to offer their votes. People in other countries respond that they wish to get a vote and contact a German vote giver. Before election day, the new voter tells their „vote buddy“ where to mark the ballot paper on their behalf.
Background: An idea from the UK, adopted by Israelis
A similar project has already been successfully piloted during the UK General Elections in 2010. Thousands of British people gave their votes to people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana – three countries greatly affected by British politics. BBC, Times, CNN, Aljazeera and the Guardian reported on the project (see more on http://giveyourvote.org). In January 2013, Israelis gave their votes to people Palestinians. Egality is a worldwide network of political activists.
Participants of „Electoral Rebellion” are available for interviews in German, English and Spanish.
For further information, please contact:
Filip Nohe, +49 (0)176 23952375 or +49 (0)30 80617832, filip at egalitynow.org
Sonja Wyrsch, +49 (0)152 55377482; sonja at egalitynow.org