US Elections vs German Elections

US Elections vs German Elections

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  1. Hey guys! Thanks for watching 🙂 and please, please understand that if I were to explain every rule/circumstance involved with the German election process and every law in the US which varies so much state by state, the video would lose its true focus 🙂 but by all means, feel free to go and read up about German and US elections if this has piqued your interest. Have a great week!

  2. In The Netherlands, the elections are most often on Wednesday, but from 7:30 till 21:00.
    Just like in Germany, everyone has the right to vote unless the lawyer convicted you not to have or if you are mental incapable to vote.
    Where to vote is different; this is to each township to decide (most often the townhall, but for cities it can also something different).

    My opinion is that the German political system is better as more voices within a decision (like a law) means a bigger perspective.
    "The winner takes all" method of elections often results in a lot of people that are bound to a government which they have actually voted not to.

  3. the second vote is btw non constitutional because it makes the bundestag members dependent from their party putting them on the list. this violates Art. 38 Grundgesetz (constitution). so forget the german bolsheviks idiocracy.

  4. Germany is an athuroterian state whith no term limits. If it's not for state intervention for the sake of socioeconomic causes, Germany wouldn't be to one we know! From welfare state to green initiatives it's all done by the state law.

    If you want to truly understand German culture, you must acknowledge that this's because enforced state laws. You mention in other videos that Germans normally rent all there life, eat healthy, recycle, if you honest with yourself you'd accept that they do rent because purchasing is expensive, they recycle because the state does green initiatives.
    Frankly I don't know why in US you have a hostile relation with state.
    In Macca, Arabia, we have the same thing we have a lovely relationship with the executive branch because they deliver our basic needs; therefore they always have our support.
    Nobody would imagine that in Saudi, we have a totally free education, healthcare, subsidized utilities, 0 personal taxes, subsidized gasoline. Our welfare system is absolutely superior than any Nordic country. It's true that the country is although welcoming but still socially conservative like many other Asian societies including Japan and India.

    I never believe in this outdated Cold War dichotomy of democracy vs. autocracy. Given the many poorly governed democracies like turkey, South Africa, Greece.

    The concept must be good governance vs. bad governance. I mean would you ever live in good governed German democracy or badly governed Turkish democracy; Nigerian democracy; Brazilian democracy; Venezuelan democracy???

    Whether you like it or not making US election in Saturday won't make you Germany. Germany is great because it's better governed with an authoritarian/delivery-centric executive branch.

  5. its not completly true that the president holds only a ceremonial role. he has to sign all of the laws and stuff the bundestag comes up with. so if the bundestag (for example) decides to change like the tax system and the president doesnt sign it the law will not be changed. but yeah its true he just signs basically every sh*** they give to him

  6. Hi Kelly,Here in Germany it is forbidden to say publicly which party you have chosen. For example, anyone who publishes a video on how to make a cross has to expect punishment. The "secret election" is taken very seriously here. This prohibition applies to public statements. Of course you can already tell your friends.

  7. The Germany absentee ballot can basically be used as early voting. Some city halls put up a cabin for you to fill out your absentee ballot right there and leave it with the ones coming in by mail.

    It's what I like to do, if I know I can't make it on election day.

  8. Many americans call us communists because of our social laws… but we have more than three times as options to elect in a vote than the americans, we have a wide spectrum to vote, none of our voters votes getting lost because they lost the district. Its much more democratic like in the us. And every one in the age of 18 can vote. even when you are have a criminal backround. The voting right is elemental in germany, no one can lose it.

  9. from what ive read, voting in the Us is on tuesday causei n the past people had to travel a long way from rural areas to the voting booths . sunday was off limits because of church and the whole monday would be need for travelling.. so voting on tuesday made sense.. nowerdays, its ridicolous though

  10. Afd most hated but most important party today. The only pressure for the lazy old parties to do their job. It may would be interesting what happen in US when a party make a advertisement poster with bikini girls in Baywatch style =D

  11. Coolvid, thanks. Did you know, in Switzerland in at least one Kanton (district) there is a Stimmzwang, meaning you are required by law to vote, not only on elections. Or you get fined. Just saying. 🙂

  12. Actually we do have early Voting in Germany… it's called 'Briefwahl' https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briefwahl You can basically vote up to 3-4 weeks in advance if you so choose.

  13. Technically any single Person could start a Party… but you still have to convince the Majority of people
    i guess there are hundreds of parties but most of them are just too small to even be known

  14. It never ceases to amaze me how the US lacks some of the most basic acquisitions of modern society like standard ID for every citizen or a decent voting system without the possibility of gerrymandering and in which more than two parties have any opportunities.
    CGP Grey made some really good videos about this topic.

  15. Interesting video. I understand fully that you cannot explain all the tiny details of the election systems. However, perhaps you should have mentioned that in Germany we have two houses on the federal level, too. The Bundestag is the representation of the country as a whole. And there is the Bundesrat, which represents the 16 states. Many laws have to pass both parliaments.

    Another thing: For local elections (city, municipality), the legal age for voting is 16. We are currently discussing extending this rule to other elections, too.

    And it is possible to vote early. As soon as you receive the notification for the next elections, you can order the papers for voting by mail. But you can use them also to issue an early vote at the central election office in the local town hall.

  16. I listened and watched and to be honest, you explained it correctly, good work :). Of course there are more things in our votings (yes, I'm German :D), but you covered the most of the voting system and the most important parts of it with that video explanation. Good work, with that the americans knows more now 🙂 thumbs up

  17. i really dont understand the electoral college vote-im a PC-Precinct Committeeperson-in my state,county,township-when posed this question-i have a hard time explaining it.for instance-why is Washington,D.C.residents taxed-but not represented?Im confused!

  18. soory but you raally still the us vote , a fair one? rhere are so much exceptions who is alloewed to vot and who ist not! you gyus/gals arre cazy!

  19. Interesting video. I'm late to the party on this one but I think the Obama/Romney election in 2012 was the first one to reach $1 billion dollars in spending by each candidate. It is ridiculous. The Koch Brothers alone spent $889 million dollars to influence the 2016 election cycle here in the US. Money is a very corrupting factor in our elections. 6 week cycles would be very welcome here in the US.

  20. I am German and I used to live in Colorado in the 2016 election and it was crazy over there. But the good thing is that I didn’t mess up everything

  21. If voting is to be on Tuesday, Why dont they make election day a national/state holiday in the US so that most people can vote?

  22. In Washington state, all voting is by mail. When we lived there, I liked it better when we actually went to vote instead of mailing it in. It was kind of a social time to see others in the community. Now we are in Arizona, and I guess there are several ways to vote here.

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