NECE

9.5.2011

Vote Match Europe

In 2008 the Institute for Political Participation (IPP) in the Netherlands, now called the House for Democracy and the Rule of Law, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) in Germany established with around 15 participants from other EU-countries the network "Vote Match Europe" at the NECE networking conference in Strasbourg. The aim of this network was to realise a "Vote Match" in every member state of the European Union for the elections on the European Parliament 2009. In addition a "pan-European" Vote Match was launched, where the result of the questioning leads to the European groups in the European Parliament.

In 2004 the first European Vote Match was launched, by answering 30 statements with ‘agree’, ‘don´t agree´ or ‘don´t know´ one could see what European party or fraction most met ones political preference. This European Vote Match was modelled after the Dutch "StemWijzer", the very successful political preference test in the Netherlands that developed over the past fifteen years into the most used internet site in election times. The ‘StemWijzer-method´ was successfully implemented in Germany 2002, where nowadays there´s a ‘Wahl-O-Mat´ on every Landestag and Bundestag-election. Both tools aim to provide voters with a recommendation for the elections by comparing party programmes of the country and filtering clear answers for relevant issues.

Other than the tools "Wahl-O-Mat" or the "StemWjizer", which aim to provide voters with a recommendation for the elections by comparing party programmes of the respective country and filtering clear answers for relevant issue, the results of the questioning of the new tool "Vote Match Europe" leads to the European groups in the European Parliament. So, the Pan European Vote Match provides the voters with a result for the present parties in the European Parliament and offers an orientation on the wide range of European politics. The user has to take a stand regarding the 25 different theses and thereby getting to know which parliamentary group corresponds to the given answers. At a workshop in Cologne, organised under the NECE-flag by the bpb, end of March 2009, the theses that should be taken in the Vote Match Europe were developed by twenty participants from the Vote Match network in co-operation with "EUdebate2009.eu". Vote Match Europe is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Polish.

‘National´ Vote Matches using the method of the Dutch original "StemWijzer" were developed in the following countries: Austria (Wahlkabine), Bulgaria (Glasovoditel), Czech Republic (Kohovolit CZ), Germany (Wahl-O-Mat), Great Britain (Vote Match), Hungary (Te kitvalasztanal?), Ireland (Vote Match), Italy (Cabine Eletorale), Poland (Latarnik Wyborczy), Romania (Testeaza-ti votul!) and Slovakia (Kohovolit SK).

The "national" Vote Matches of the 12 in the project participating countries are listed on the common website www.votematch.eu

More information available at:
www.votematch.eu
www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/8NVZYB

Further information about "Vote Match Europe" and "Voting Advice Applications in Europe" you may find at the NECE Website Publications (Voting Advice Applications in Europe - The State of the Art, edited by Lorella Cedroni & Diego Garzia, 2010) or at the NECE Website Events/Documentation (Networking Conference in Strasbourg 2008).

Contact

Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb (Germany)
Pamela Brandt
E-Mail: pamela.brandt@bpb.bund.de
The House for Democracy and the Rule of Law, formerly the Institute of Political Participation (the Netherlands)
Jochum de Graaf
E-Mail: j.degraaf@publiek-politiek.nl



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