On May 15, North Rhine-Westphalia elects a new state parliament. WestLotto would like to thank all the organizations and committed individuals who took part in the “I am an NR voter!” or “I am an NR voter!” campaign – and will do so in the future. Together with numerous social sponsors, WestLotto and all supporters are appealing not only to go to the polls, but also to commit to it and encourage others to do the same.
In its guiding principles, the Freie Wohlfahrtspflege NRW states how it works towards good social coexistence. How important is going to the ballot box in this context?
The NRW racing clubs support the “I am a NR voter” campaign. Why is it important to you to be here?
Michael Vesper: We are citizens of this country. Elections mean participation in democracy. You have an influence by making a choice. You have to use that.
Unfortunately, very few people know, but the racing clubs in NRW have an important legal mandate and are important for society and the environment. Can you briefly describe what it is about?
By conducting gallop races, so-called breeding and performance tests for thoroughbred horses, the racing clubs are fulfilling the state mandate of the Animal Breeding Act. In short, the aim of horse racing is to improve the breeding of the Thoroughbred breed. Then there is the social aspect. A colorful audience meets at the horse race, whether young or old, families, friends, active people...
State elections are also often referred to in the media as a race. Do you think there are similarities between a horse race and an election and if so what would they be?
Sure, of course. In both cases it is an exciting, fair race in which everyone involved respects one another. And finally, both in the election and in the race: may the best win!