Friday, November 08, 2002

Friday Five

1. Did you vote in your last elections?
sure. i voted for german parliament on september 8th, 2002, about two weeks before the official election day, while sitting at evan's parents dinner table in melbourne.
quite exciting, this absentee ballot thing, i loved it, even though voting was odd because i felt a bit out of touch with germany because i had missed out on all debates and the flood. from a legal point of view, my vote would have been invalid (had anyone noticed) because i wasn't alone when making my two crosses, and even took a photo of me and ballot. ooops! :)

2. Do you know who your elected representatives are?
sure. the member of parliament for my electoral district is gernot erler, spd. he didn't get my vote, though.

3. Have you ever contacted an elected representative? If so, what was it about?
no. i have approached candidates up for (re-)elections though, while they were in the campaign trail downtown on weekends, mainly asking them what they were planning on supporting should they be elected and asking why i -as a young female voter- should support them.

4. Have you ever participated in a demonstration?
yes, but not that often. have demonstated against the the war against iraq (12 years ago), against neo-nazis and for university reform, longer opening hours of the university library and more funding. am not really one for demos, but currently feel the urge to show up at the airport when the foo fighters arrive in melbourne to protest their support of the aids dissident movement (who believe that hiv does not cause aids, and that people who die of aids/hiv actually die from the medication they receive. insanity.).

5. Have you ever volunteered in an election? What was the result?