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Spare a thought for those unable to vote in Germany

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22.09.2021

Millions of Germans will be flocking to the polling stations on September 26 or have already cast their postal vote in the parliamentary election. I'm not one of those. While the reason for that is simple — I belong to the millions of permanent residents without a German passport — the feelings I have about it are more complicated.

Just over 60 million residents with German passports are allowed to vote while some 9.5 million without them are not. Roughly every sixth citizen in Germany pays taxes and contributes in many other ways to society but otherwise keeps a low profile — a large, but silent minority. What would Germany look like if all these people could vote? What are they thinking ahead of the elections?

I'd........

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