March 15 - National flag hoisted by Parliament
Budapest, Hungary. March 15 – National flag hoisted by Parliament. Photo: MTI

Gergely Karácsony, Budapest’s mayor and the co-leader of the opposition Párbeszéd party, has said he backs an initiative aimed at giving Hungarians living abroad the right to vote by mail.

Karácsony wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that no one in a political community should be made to feel like second-class citizens, adding that ties between Hungarians who have moved abroad and the motherland needed to be strengthened.

A foundation headed by Gábor Vona, the former leader of conservative party Jobbik, recently launched the initiative that asks voters:

“Do you agree that voters with a permanent address in Hungary who were abroad on polling day be able to vote by mail in the parliamentary elections?”

Currently, the electoral law states that Hungarian citizens who are also citizens of neighbouring countries have the right to vote by mail.

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  1. An excellent idea whose time has come. The only way we can defeat Fidesz is using the same tactic the American Communist Party (Democrats) used to defeat Trump. If we can get mail in ballots we can tamper with the election and ensure our victory. It will allow even the dead to participate from beyond the grave.

  2. Since this populist regime decided that someone who lives in some Transilvanian village and has no clue about Hungary has the same right to vote in Hu elections as a Hungarian who lives in Hungary, then why not by mail?
    There are countries where people vote by sms. Wake up people, it is AD 2021.

  3. Only Hungarian citizens with a permanent address in Hungary should have the right to vote. If they are temporarily outside of the nation they should be permitted to vote by mail or by any other legitimate means.

  4. Hungarian citizens with permanent address in Hungary have the right to vote in all Hungarian elections regardless of where the happen to be at the time of the election. They should be permitted to vote by mail or any other means accept6ed by Hungarian law.

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