What is the democracy of the 2018 elections

Elections and direct democracy

In a democracy, rule comes from the people. In concrete terms, this means above all that the citizens who are entitled to vote themselves determine the persons they represent in parliament for a certain period of time, the so-called legislative period. This is called “indirect” or representative democracy because the citizens cannot directly participate in the legislative process. If the voters are dissatisfied with the politics of parliament and government, they can bring about a change of policy in the next elections.

The people of Berlin send their representatives (MPs) to the state parliament (House of Representatives) and to the parliaments of the twelve Berlin districts (district assemblies). In addition, they elect the Berlin deputies to the German Bundestag and the European Parliament.

In addition to participating in elections, the citizens of Berlin can influence political life with the help of so-called “direct democracy”. You can initiate a debate on an issue that is important to you, or you can make political decisions yourself. There are various methods for this, which differ legally, such as popular initiatives, referendums and referendums. At the district level, there are direct democratic paths through the referendum and referendum.

Website of the regional returning officer for Berlin