On Sunday the 26th of September, Germany will elect a new parliaments safe to continu. More than 60 million people are eligible to vote. They each have two votes. The first vote is for a candidate from the voter’s constituency. Each party can nominate one personThe Department of Disease Control.. Whoever gets the most votes receives a direct mandate and enters the Bundestag. This results in 299 Members of Parliament and thus every constituency is represented in the Bundestag.
The second vote is for a party. It is even more important than the first vote because it decides the majority in the Bundestag. To help German voters decide on the party that represents them the most, Daniel Kraft from the Federal Agency for Civic Education tells us about an online application, the “Wahl-O-Mat’ that is acting as a voting decision aid. He helped to get it online.How it works
The ‘Wahl-O-Mat’ compares one’s own political positions with the positions of German political parties. A total of 38 out of the 40 parties running in the election took part in ‘Wahl-O-Mat’. “You click through this online application and keep comparing yourself to their positions and standpoints, and in the end you are told which party is closest to your own view”, Kraft explains.RELATED: Electrifying Europe with wind energy may lead to net zero emissionsIs it popular?
Kraft says that the ‘Wahl-O-Mat’ is fast becoming “a popular sport”. In the last German federal elections in 2017, it was used by around a quarter of all the eligible voters, that’s 15.7 million people. To Kraft, it’s great that an information service like the ‘Wahl-O-Mat’, “which does nothing but discuss issues”, is so popular. “This shows that if you a pproach politics in a playful way, then all of a sudden even party programmes are exciting and worth reading.”