AEGEE Election Observation reports on the participation of young people* in elections across Europe.
In 21 election observation missions since 2014, AEGEE Election Observation has trained and deployed more than 400 young people as international election observers.
– HOW? –
AEGEE Election Observation organises election observation missions with young people from all over Europe**. In order to report on youth participation in the elections we observe, we interview a representative sample of relevant persons, organisations and institutions involved in the electoral process. On election day, our observers deploy to polling stations across the country to observe the opening, voting, closing and counting procedures.
– WHERE? –
AEGEE Election Observation generally limits its operations to the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe. This geographic scope represents an eligibility criterion for potential destinations of our election observation missions as well as for the selection of our staff and volunteers.
– WHY? –
Young people are underrepresented in elections across Europe. This is a worrying reality observable in turnout statistics, candidate rankings on party lists and compositions of elected assemblies on all levels.
If young people are not committed to elections today, what will our democratic societies look like tomorrow?
* AEGEE Election Observations uses "young people" to refer to persons aged between 18 and 30 years. The only exception is "young candidates" which refers to persons aged between 18 and 35 years.
** "Europe" is used as a shorthand for "Member States of the Council of Europe". As a rule, contributors to AEGEE Election Observation Missions are either nationals of one of these states, or permanently based in one of them.