Almost 30% of the Viennese population have no right to vote at the city level because they don’t have Austrian citizenship – a classic dilemma in today’s democracies with increasingly international populations. The result: More and more people are subject to laws they have no say in.
To address this, the Austrian Academy of Sciences has launched the project “If no vote, at least a voice.” Researchers are developing a questionnaire based on discussions with people who live here but are not eligible to vote. The results will be delivered to the political parties.
For the first time, wahlkabine’s election questionnaire will include the voices and questions of those who can’t vote.
The answers will then be turned into a digital “Who should I vote for?” public questionnaire on wahlkabine.at – a digital platform that serves every regional or national election in Austria. Now, for the first time, it will include the voices and questions of those who otherwise can’t vote.
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