They had a vote Sunday here in Germany.....well....down in Bavaria anyway. It was a unique and unusual type of vote.
Around the city of Munich, and the outlying towns of Garmisch, Traunstein and Berchtesgaden.....a vote occurred to determine if the region would go ahead and position themselves for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It would have been a package deal, where the government put funds in to build the team and advertise toward getting nomination from five or six major regions of the world. To be honest, more than half of the structures needed for the operation.....are already in existence. So the cost factor would have been reasonable.
Weeks ahead of this vote, there's been a fairly significant "no" group going around and talking up the negative issues with bringing the Olympics to the area. It's typically a four-year period of construction, road issues, and stress for any community that accepts the Olympics.
The "no" folks were successful. The vote on Sunday went against the idea of a bid.
This all kinda shocked the local political figures and journalists. Most folks were anticipating some negative voting and maybe up around one-third of the population thinking this way. In this case, from all four areas voting...."no" won in the majority.
The basis for this stance? I'd take a humble guess that local Germans evaluated how things worked in 1972 (their last Olympics). Some of the older folks remembered the significant stress they endured. Most of these locations already make a fairly decent amount of money off tourism and winter sports.....with no real desire to go beyond that point. They are happy.....as is.
What this all meant, if it'd passed? Billions of Euro would have been shipped off to the region. Road money, new parking lots, new infrastructure projects, enhanced train stations, and for two brief weeks.....at least a million visitors to the local area, in the midst of winter who would have spent money like crazy on beer, food, and souvenirs.
The curious piece left over from this vote? All across Germany, it's likely now being discussed if any major German town could survive such a vote, and perhaps there's an end point for any Olympics ever being held in Germany ever again. This is probably why most countries don't ever allow a vote to occur, and they just allow representatives to vote on such things, not the public.