Voter turnout and political participation is declining among young European voters – especially regarding EU parliament elections. We want to make politics more attractive by creating new forms of involvement for youth and civil society organizations. The creation of advocacy groups and social media tools for voter education open new opportunities for public discussions on electoral reforms and modernization of democratic procedures – aiming at first time voters and citizen observer groups.
wahlbeobachtung.org in Austria and like-minded initiatives in EU member states (PL, SK, ROM, GER)
This initiative creates a better understanding of the EU’s electoral practices and improves electoral knowledge among young & first time voters. The EU’s democratic practices improve through citizen observers' recommendations and reform advocacy in their countries.
Political participation and knowledge of electoral procedures among first time voters; active citizen involvement in electoral reform; modernization and further development of Europe’s democratic standards through citizens’ advocacy in comparison with international standards.
Network meetings aiming at the creation of advocacy groups for citizen election observation and advocacy on electoral reforms. Development of a social media app for voter education and civic election observation. Training of trainers to conduct voter education workshops in schools and universities. Meetings with members of national / European parliament(s) to present and discuss findings.
Democracy in Europe cannot be taken for granted. As experienced international election experts, we are convinced how citizen participation through election observation and voter education can strengthen democratic practices and ownership. We aim at bringing this knowledge “back home” to Europe.
Our primary target group is first time voters ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections in selected EU member states with like-minded organisations. EU member state governments are equally targeted to implement international recommendations and best democratic practices.
We believe in the cross-fertilization of ideas and are grateful for constructive feed back. We are interested to exchange knowledge and lessons learned with partners in Europe and are looking for expertise in the development of social media tools for voter education and civic monitoring.