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" EUROVOTE + " : Scientists need your votes!

from May 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014

On 22 & 25 May EU citizens will cast their votes to choose the future European level decision makers by electing a new European Parliament. In the run up to the big day, a pan European team of political scientists invite you to take part in “EUROVOTE+”, a unique online voting experiment allowing you to learn about and test different European voting

To mark the occasion of the May 2014 elections for the European Parliament, an online academic experiment is being launched throughout Europe. The objectives of the EUROVOTE+ project are threefold: to carry out a scientific study on voting behaviour, gather opinions about voting procedures in Europe, and provide information to the general public about how the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are elected in the various European countries.

The website is now open. Events will be organised to mark the opening of the site, and a network of academics specializing in political economics are available to provide information on the project and reply to questions.
  • How to take part?
Taking part in the study is simple: via the website, the public can cast their fictitious vote for the MEPs according to three different techniques currently used in Europe: the closed list system, an open list system, and a “Panachage & Cumulation” system.
They can also “vote” via a single pan European constituency – an electoral system which has been proposed by certain MEPs but remains for the moment only hypothetical.
  • Who's behind the study?
This scientific experiment is run by a group of social scientists who want to understand the effects of different electoral systems on politics. is part of a larger international project, Making Electoral Democracy Work, which brings together researchers from numerous countries and aims at gaining a better understanding of the functioning of democracy. Does the electoral system have an impact on who gets elected? Are the different systems really different? Is there a better system? To answer these questions, it is essential that we know how voters utilize different voting systems and the best way to achieve this is by asking them how they would vote in a real election with various systems.
By taking part in the online vote, you will help us answer these questions.

Updated on the May 23, 2014