Electoral complaint rejected by the German Federal Constitutional Court
01_10_14Judges dismiss charge of juveniles

The German Federal Constitutional Court recently dismissed the electoral complaint of 25 claimants, including FRFG-spokesman Wolfgang Gründinger and 15 children and teenagers aged between 9 and 17. The complaint was supported by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Plant-for-the-Planet-Foundation. The purpose of this complaint was the abolishment of a minimum age of 18 years to obtain the right to vote in general elections in Germany in order to strengthen democracy and intergenerational justice.

In their statement of claim, the young people objected to the general elections in 2013 in which 13 million German citizens were excluded from the elections simply because of their age. We claim that everyone should be allowed to vote as soon as he or she wants to. Registration in the town hall has to be sufficient to participate in elections.

The judges dismissed the charge from July 8, 2014 after lengthy discussion, referring to the expert opinion of judge Peter Müller published on January 26, 2016. The argumentation and reasoning of the expert opinion does not satisfy or convince the FRFG. We will continue to fight for the reformation of the electoral law in favour of the young generation!