State elections within the East: Why don’t you vote? | EUROtoday

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They often type the biggest group of voters, however little is alleged about them: non-voters. Those who don’t vote.

Their motives are diversified: some who don’t vote have a disdain for politics, even hostility. The AfD has thus far drawn very efficiently from this reservoir, for instance within the latest state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg. In 2019, round 40 % of AfD votes got here from individuals who had voted within the earlier election. State election
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But there are different causes for not voting. It is confirmed that the poorer a constituency is, the decrease the voter turnout. In such areas, the sensation of alienation from politics, of getting nothing to do with the selections made in parliament, usually dominates. Finally, there’s additionally a small group of non-voters who’re proud of the circumstances.

Recently, a Forsa survey induced a stir, based on which some non-voters in East Germany might change their minds shortly earlier than the respective state elections: If the AfD If the CDU/CSU emerges because the strongest drive shortly earlier than election day, half of all non-voters, based on the research, would take into consideration going to the polls in any case – and voting for one of many different events, particularly the CDU or SPD, and in Thuringia additionally the Left Party.

Have you stayed away from the poll field in recent times?

In the run-up to the state elections in SaxonyBrandenburg and Thuringia we want to discuss to non-voters. Are you a non-voter? Have you stayed away from the poll field in recent times – and do you propose to take action within the elections in September? Why don't you vote? Since when? What might inspire you to take action? And who would you vote for then?

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