This subject was brought up in another thread and I want to delve into it as it is someting that I honestly do not understand.
Basically, anyone who is a citizen is allowed to vote. This means of course those who left Italy to live elsewhere can vote but this I have less of a problem with since they understand the language, the system and probably watch TV and read Italian papers so they know all of the BS that goes on.
My problem is for those who have citizenship due to a bloodline or marriage and have never lived in Italy, may not speak the language, don't understand the politics and the system, etc. Why can they vote for the future of those who live here. How come they can decide (remember the last election was basically won by the AIRE votes) how life in Italy should be and who should run it.
I am not a citizen. I have the right through blood, marriage and/or residency but due to the fact that my name is different on my BC and passport (and every documemnt in Italy) it became too much of a hassle so since I have a never ending PdiS, I figure what would it change and dropped the application. So, the only thing I can't do is vote. But I live here, I pay taxes here, I understand the political system (no small feat) and and I have to watch all of the crazy politicians on a daily basis but I do not get to decide who governs this country but someone who had a great grandfather who never was naturalized in another country gets to vote? Does that make sense?
Oh and don't get me started on the fact that all citizens are covered by the NHS here, even if they never lived here or paid into the system. My taxes pay for them to move over and have full medical care!!!! And yes, there are many older people here in Italy who grew up in other countries but moved over after retirement because medical expenses were basically covered and the meds are cheaper.
BTW, my feelings on this are not because I cannot get citizenship easily, they are 100% in line with what every Italian I know thinks.