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Should foreign residents be eligible to vote? Show more Show less

People are become increasingly globally mobile, with foreign nationals accounting for ever higher population percentages in most nations on Earth. Should they be allowed to vote?

No, foreign residents should not be able to vote Show more Show less

Right to vote should be restricted to nationals
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An alien resident might not have the necessary knowledge

An alient resident might not know enough of country language, customs, legislative system to cast a vote.
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The Argument

Alien that resides in a country might not know enough of the country or might not show enough willigness to integrate. Some foreign tend to live in a close communities with little exposure to exteranl society. The right to vote cannot be given to person just arrived in the country

Counter arguments

The right to vote is automatically given to all adults nationals, except for very limited exceptions (major criminals) without any check of their kmnowledge of the political environment. So the argument of not being integrated can not stand. Also to mitigate the objection the law might impose limits to foreing people eligiblity to vote: some swiss cantons (like Neuchatel) gives right to vote only to permanent residents: this status can be obtained only after 5 years of residence and with some background checks by Immigration Office.



Rejecting the premises


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