The hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens living abroad have voting rights, but should they?
There’s been a lively Twitter debate (in German) on this issue this week after Claudio Kuster, an assistant to Senator Thomas Minder, questioned their rights.
The grounds for his tweet was an article by swissinfo.ch about how the Swiss abroad had voted on Sunday on three issues, including a controversial reform of corporate tax law and easing citizenship requirements for the grandchildren of immigrants.
Not everyone was in agreement with Kuster’s position. Below is an extract from the discussion:
“They could inform themselves. But do they?” asked Sandro Lüscher.
Daniel C. Rohr wrote: “But should they also pay into the state pension plan, be taxed at source and pay other taxes?”
Kuster was asked on SwissCommunity, the chat site set up for Swiss abroad: “Maybe the Swiss abroad are influenced less by campaigns?”
And Manuela Schiller – presumably someone holding Italian citizenship as well as Swiss, wrote: “I ask myself each time when I receive (voting) documentation from the Italian consulate, ‘does this affect me?’ Yes and no.”
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