While watching the news these days and seeing the world map in the back drop, it's great to imagine: Next Tuesday, 4 November, I will be somewhere in the middle of the United States to witness US Election Day 2014.
US citizens vote each year on the first Tuesday in November. Only gaining broad international attention when a President is campaigning, also these mid-term elections of US Congress are significant: Democrats and Republicans contest the majority of seats in the US House of Representatives and Senate. Also, more than 40 Governors are up for election. And in terms of direct democracy, 146 “ballot measures” (the US term for citizens’ initiatives) will be voted upon. Its topics will deal with minimum wage, abortion, gambling and the salaries of government officials, for example.
On the occasion of this year’s Election Day, our board members Joe Mathews and Bruno Kaufmann have invited to the “Big River Democracy Tour”. The study trip along the Mississippi will lead through the US states Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana to learn about direct democracy and to connect with democracy activists who live there. I am happy to be a participant. I cannot wait to fill the spot on the world map far away with political experiences.
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