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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Topic: Ex Pats Voting in Country of Origin
    Posted: 27 May 2008 at 7:57am

This is an interesting debate ... share your thoughts fellow boardies ... I will be back with mine ... Wink ...

Do you think EX Pats should have the right to vote in their home country's election?

 Scott ... could you help to set up as a poll ... am no expert here ... thanks ...






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Quote p-lady Replybullet Posted: 27 May 2008 at 5:46pm
Hmm...Nope.   Whether it is a national election, state, or local--Those who LIVE where the decisions are made and live with the consecquences should vote.  
 
I have ambiguous feelings here.  I still own property, visit regularly, and pay taxes  but have no vote because I live there no longer.  Sure, I'd like to get a say in how my taxes are spent and who runs that government--  But I live here now I want the same right here.
 
If one could vote everywhere they have lived or still own property, soon unscruptulous people would buy little pieces of every where.  What a travesty! It is not a perfect system and oft times seems unjust but one vote per person seems right ex-patriot or not.
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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 27 May 2008 at 10:08pm

Am really not sure ... especially when you think of the brain drain ... and I do understand the reasons in terms of post secondary education and employment opportunities overseas ... there must be a creative way to resolve those issues that we are not paying attention to ...

Logistically it would be very difficult ... but maybe not with our current computer technology ...
or is it fair to allow such a large and significant portion of the votes to come from citizens who do not live in the country and may have values very different than that of the locals to influence its society ...
this is seems would be an understandable concern ...

What about citizens who are abroad on a two-year working holiday visa or students and may have every intention of returning to the country – should they not have a say in the future of their homeland?

How in touch are those living abroad – especially those who have been away for more than five years – with the issues facing the Caribbean Nations.
Are they really equipped to vote?

Would granting Ex Pats the vote not help them to feel more involved and needed and thus in the long run encourage them to return home?

And as you pointed out p-lady ... does property ownership and tax contributions come with privileges ... it was the measure to vote in the past ...

What about inheritances for those who weren't even born there ...

We live in a global community now a days ... at some point these things will be an issue ... maybe the "one vote" solution is no longer relevant to the world we are now a part of ... especially when citizens are so transient ...

We have seen a lot of flexibility already with regards to pensions between nations ...

With strict guidelines in terms of amount of time spent in the homeland I would support the vote ... it would keep me more engaged I think ...



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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 27 May 2008 at 10:21pm
For most countries citizenship gives one the right to vote.
The US, UK, Japan and many countries in the EU and Middle East allow their ex pats to vote.
Iran and Egypt are among the many who permits Absentee Ballots.
Some allow absence of up to fifteen years.

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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 11 June 2008 at 2:03pm
As i think more about it I think ex pats should be allowed to vote ... what do you guys think ... share your thoughts ... Wink ..

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Quote Rogerka Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 3:43am
I am not sure about my opinion... what is right and what is wrong... I think you could vote for the country where you live... but... (I said I am not sure).
Last election in 2006 we were in London with my mom. It was exactly that week. We have no right to vote when we were not at home. It was bad feeling. That election has changed our government (to worse...) and my co-worker used to tease me that it's due to my absence
...now my co-workers told me that if you have citizenship, you can vote in that country, even though you were not born there. And if you are living abroad but having your country's citizenship, you can vote at the consulate. For example my boss from Eritrea gained Slovak citizenship - he is able to vote here but not in the Eritrea.
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Quote vutjebal Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 4:18am
Roggy i am  agreed with you....but  myself   for the last few years  I don't like to vote because everywhere the  S O S    I can't vote for my country, i have to vote for the one where I am living now.
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Quote Rogerka Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 5:52am
So you want to vote for Arubian government?
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 7:55am
Yes a citizen should have the right to vote in their home country's election?
Thanks to the Cristian Democratic Aruba party, Netherland Antilles and Aruba have the right to for the European Parliament.

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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 8:21am
Very progressive of your government Shuchander ... technology has made our world very small and our needs have change through the ages ... people are very mobile ...

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