Slovakia shouldn’t treat voters living abroad like foreigners

People who are not allowed to vote in their homeland will be more likely to renounce it.

(Source: TASR)

The electoral evergreen – why can't we vote from abroad – also resounded during the 2019 presidential campaign.

It would be easy to shrug it off by saying that people who are willing to make the trip for Christmas or a summer festival could also be here for the biggest celebration of democracy – elections. There’s no need to bring presents, and it’s a welcome opportunity to meet one’s compatriots.

Support groups can encourage their members on Facebook and organise joint rides home. That’s all very nice. On the other hand, what efforts did the state take to gain votes from these people? Let’s say it’s a challenge to overcome the intrigues of technology Smer MPs passionately talk about, and take a step into the 21st century.

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