Expats get chance to 'vote' in German elections

16th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 September 2005, BERLIN - A Bulgarian artist is giving otherwise-disenfranchised foreigners living in Germany the chance to 'vote' in Sunday's national elections.

16 September 2005

BERLIN - A Bulgarian artist is giving otherwise-disenfranchised foreigners living in Germany the chance to 'vote' in Sunday's national elections.

The art project is the brainchild of the head of the Artnews.info organisation, Bulgarian artist Vlado Velkov, who is based in Berlin but - like other foreigners resident in Germany - is not allowed to vote in German elections because of his nationality.

On the day of the election, a 'polling station' will be installed at the art venue Kunstbank. Foreigners living in Berlin will be able to cast their 'ballots' on copies of the official ballot papers.

Voting will run from 12 noon until 8pm. Afterwards the 'ballots' will be counted and the results announced. An 'after election' party will give participants the chance to discuss the outcome.

"On this important day, it is necessary to involve these people who are denied the right to vote, instead of isolating them," say the event organisers.

"Together, we would like to create for this one day an intercultural island, where we can exchange experiences and ideas, problems and solutions about life in Germany."

More information at: http://www.artnews.info/news.php?i=3648&t=news

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Subject: German news

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