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HELSINGIN SANOMAT: Can dual citizens vote twice in the European Elections?

If one holds the citizenship of two different EU countries, either through birth or naturalisation, can one vote in both countries in the June European Parliament elections?

      This question, which one would assume contains a "No" answer, was prompted in Sweden, when the postman dropped voting slips from both Finland and Sweden into the mailbox of a person with a dual citizenship

by Sassafras on Tue May 19th, 2009 at 02:01:44 PM EST
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I always wondered...

"Yes. In principle one can! In the European elections every voter has only one vote. Those with a dual citizenship status, however, are entitled to vote in both countries", replies Arto Jääskeläinen, Elections Director at the Finnish Ministry of Justice.
      It is a question of a loophole in the election system. In practice, voting in two countries by those holding dual citizenship is not monitored in any way.
      "The EU Commission is aware of the situation, but it has not wanted to interfere with it."


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 03:36:29 AM EST
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Anybody here going to take advantage of this? I'm considering applying for Italian citizenship, but I have to make sure first that I won't lose my British citizenship when I do so.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 04:35:50 AM EST
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Hmmm.

I am not a dual citizen but I got a letter in the mail in May telling me that I would have to choose if I want to vote for the Finnish candidates or the Dutch candidates. I had to fill out a form and return it to the local election officials.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 07:46:21 AM EST
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