European Elections: Democracy at work

You can’t make this stuff up:

  • One election team in a polling station could not decide on the exact method of how to count the ballots (31 parties, therefore 31 heaps? How difficult could it be?), therefore they didn’t count at all. One of them saved the day: he grabbed all ballots, put them in a briefcase (thank God that voter participation was low), and drove to the next electoral office, where other officials counted the ballots. A hooray to democracy!
  • In several polling booths only pencils were available; those are easily erasable, of course. But this is okay with the officials. After all, they are Germans, and §43 (2) of the Europawahlordnung only demands a pen with which you can write, not more. And frankly, many people vote for the wrong party. It’s good that those wrong votes can be corrected easily. A hooray to democracy!
  • The supervisor of one polling station was heavily intoxicated; in fact so visibly drunk that one member of the election team decided to call the Office of Public Order, which sent a special team (how often does this happen that they have a team handy?), sending the drunken supervisor home and replacing him by a surrogate, which they brought with them. A hooray to democracy!

I think we should celebrate this wonderful election with a toast to the drunken supervisor. Cheers!

About Daniel Tiggemann

Software-developer living in Cologne, Germany. Was once a physicist, specialized in computer simulations and parallel programming. Now more into JavaScript, web frontend development, and especially mobile computing.
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