I.I want to vote because I’m curious who will be the new Federal Chancellor, ”says Eva Lipka. She can’t think of who exactly is running. Michael Lorenz helps her on the jumps. He is the head of Lebenshilfe in Kempen, a town in the Viersen district. Only recently, he says, they talked about the woman who is running for Chancellor. Then Eva Lipka remembers: Annalena Baerbock, that’s right. Politics works differently in shared flats for people with disabilities. Here it is not important which of the candidates for chancellor is plagiarizing or who cuts a better figure when visiting the flood areas.
Everyone sitting around the table in the large living room of the flat share on De-Veuster-Strasse that day raised their hands when asked who would vote in the federal elections. Of course it is not. Until two years ago, people with care in all matters were excluded from elections – and thus more than 85,000 citizens. In May 2019, the Bundestag deleted this passage from the federal electoral law, since then inclusive voting rights have been in place for everyone.