The Country Created Democracy, So Why Can’t Hellenes Abroad Vote?

(FILE - Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

Americans living in Greece can vote in the U.S. midterm elections, as they can for the Presidential races, but some one million Greeks living abroad, the numbers pushed higher with the scores of thousands who boogied out during an 8 1/2-year-long economic crisis, can’t cast a ballot in their homeland.

Why not?

The question has bedeviled the ex-pats and never really gotten any sound answers from a succession of Greek governments – left, right, center, far-left – who keep promising they’ll allow …

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  1. Pseudoprofundity!
    Because we swore allegiance to the USA.
    Because our forefathers fled heathenated grecletude
    to partake in American Holiness.

  2. according to Wikipedia: in 2007 out of researched 214 countries and territories 115 had provisions for external voting and US citizens living abroad enjoy full voting rights, regardless of how long they have lived abroad.
    If it is good enough for the US it is good enough for Greece.
    It is time the Greek leadership found a way to bring back to Greece the intellect, $ and talent of the Greek Omogenia – voting conditional on ownership of property or visit in the last three years or whatever makes sense.

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