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Welcome to Voters Without Borders which puts young people centre stage: a team of Erasmus students, supported by a wider coalition, campaigning for full political rights for EU citizens who practise their rights to freedom of movement. 13.3 million EU citizens are under-represented with the right to vote and stand in European and local elections, but not in regional and national elections or referenda. Check out our proposal, our FAQ and our Advocacy Paper to find out more. Please consider getting involved with our project either as an individual or as an organisation. But most importantly — please sign our European Citizens’ Initiative today! Don’t be fooled — there is still disenfranchisement. Become part of the European struggle for “no taxation without representation”.

REGISTER NOW FOR ECIT’S 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP

This conference on reclaiming European Citizenship will take place on 26th — 28th October and will be a hybrid event. All our most welcome and we hope you can join us!

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE AFTER EXERCISING YOUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT? FILL OUT OUR QUESTIONNAIRE TO TELL US MORE!

Considering that no one should be denied their right to vote, Voters Without Borders decided to file a complaint to the European Commission against those five Member States (Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Malta) which deprive their nationals of the right to vote in national elections on account of residence abroad (known as disenfranchisement). A key and crucial part of our complaint is your testimony, as it will give weight to the complaint and prompt the Commission to take action.

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If you sign our European Citizens' Initiative and help us collect one million signatures, the European Commission must act on the following proposals:

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REMOVE BARRIERS

Remove barriers to registration of EU citizens to vote and stand in European and local elections either in their country of residence or origin.

REAFFIRM UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

Reaffirm Universal Suffrage as a fundamental right and value. EU citizens should have the right to choose whether to vote in their country of residence or origin for all elections and referenda.

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RESEARCH THE IMPACT

Research the impact of such genuine Europeanization of voting rights, the necessary safeguards, and how they could include third-country nationals.

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CITIZENS' TESTIMONIES

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During the European
elections, I could not
vote for Slovak
candidates due to lack
of information and
miscommunication from
embassy officials. Public
authorities were not
helpful.
For the national
elections, I voted by
post but many votes got
lost, miscounted or the
official envelope got
delivered too late.
 

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For the local and
European elections, I
wanted to vote in my
country of residence but
I was not allowed to
vote locally where I am
living in Latvia. In
addition, I do not
receive information
about voting.
The administration simply
says “it is not possible”
as a way not to have to
solve the problem.
 
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I tried to register for
voting this year, I sent
off all the necessary
documents through the
government website. I
received a reply from
my local City Hall that
my proof of address is
not going to be
acknowledged.
No explanation why the
EDF bill I provided
with my name, address
and a date from
1 month before wasn’t
good enough.
 

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I’ve been a Spanish
resident since 18 years
now and I pay my taxes
in Spain ever since,
yet I don’t have any say
in what it is spent on
because we’re not allowed
to vote. I own a house,
I run a business here
and I don’t have any possessions in
The Netherlands, yet I am allowed to vote over there.
So yes, it’s about time
we do something
about that.
 

SIGN OUR EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE
AND TELL US YOUR STORY!

We are collecting stories from those who have had difficulties and troubles voting in their country of residence or back home during national, European and local elections, as well as referenda! 

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