When we look at the turnout we find out that it is on a constant decrease from every past election. In 2014. 42,61% European citizens voted, where the smallest turnout was noticed in Slovakia (13,05%), Czech Republic (18,20%), Poland (23,83%), Slovenia (24,55%) and Croatia (25,24%).
It has been shown that EU elections are mostly considered of secondary importance (local ones as well) while national elections are the ones that the most people participate in. Having that in mind, it would seem that national elections are a priority and that citizens consider them more relevant.
60% of people that didn’t vote believe that their vote wouldn’t change a thing. Judging by the turnouts for EU elections, most of the citizens don’t think that their vote in the elections would change something on the national level, while the truth is certainly different.
Even though decisions are made in Strasbourg or Brussels, they very much reflect on our lives at home.
For example, waste management, consumer protection or GDPR – Personal Protection Regulation, are directives of the EU that have to be applied in all of the EU countries.
Profile of Voters
Turnout was highest among the oldest respondents. 51% of the 55+ group voted in the European elections, while only 28% did in the 18-24 age group.
See the map of Youth Participation in the European Elections 2014 by member country here.
Decisions that are made at EU level are of interest of all citizens. In that sense, those elections are as important as every other. The outcome of elections is a result of the will of the electorate. Accordingly, elected officials need to represent the will of the people that elected them, national or European level.
If you want your interest are represented at local or national level (by voting in this election), why should you not want them being represented at the European level as well?
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