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The 2001 Italian expatriate vote: Was it worth it?

A view from the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college

Bruno Mascitelli, Rory Steele and Simone Battiston

This book examines the implementation and consequences of the Italian expatriate vote and representation introduced in 2001 in the external electoral colleges with special attention to the Electoral College known as Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica. The Italian elections of 2006, 2008 and 2013 were important moments where the expatriate vote was expressed providing results which Italian lawmakers may have not anticipated. Moreover, the electoral expressions of the external colleges were not always in accord with Italians ones. This study examines how the stakeholders in the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college understood and perceived this voting and representation facility after its implementation. What they thought in 2001 and what they think now. The study seeks the views of focus groups across numerous cities in Australia, interviews the protagonists and provides critical commentary on the future of this «right» and whether all this effort «was worth it» in providing Italians abroad with external voting and representation in elections and referendums.

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x SA Sinistra Arcobaleno (Rainbow Left) SAE ȈȣȝȕȠȪȜȚȠ ǹʌȩįȘȝȠȣ ǼȜȜȘȞȚıȝȠȪ (World Council of Hel- lenes Abroad) SCAE Senate Committee on Australian Expatriates UDC Unione dei Democratici Cristiani e di Centro (Union of Christian and Centre Democrats) UDEUR Unione Democratici per l’Europa (Union of Democrats for Europe) UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UP Unione Prodi (Union Prodi) List of Tables Table 2.1 Expatriate voting in selected countries ................................. 28 Table 2.2 Electoral systems for expatriates in selected countries ........ 30 Table 2.3 Off-shore French and Italian electoral colleges ................... 31 Table 2.4 Off-shore Portuguese electoral colleges and voter turnout in the 2005, 2009, and 2011 general elections ..................... 32 Table 2.5 Off-shore Italian electoral colleges and voter turnout in the 2008 and 2013 general elections ................................ 34 Table 3.1 Off-shore Italian electoral colleges, 2006 election results, seat distribution ....................................................... 44 Table 3.2 Off-shore Italian electoral colleges, 2006 election results, seat distribution by geographical area ..................... 45 Table 3.3 Off-shore Italian electoral colleges, 2006 election results, Chamber of Deputies ............................................... 46 Table 3.4 Off-shore Italian electoral colleges, 2006 election results, Senate........................................................................ 47 Table 3.5 Off-shore Italian electoral college of AAOA and Australia, ballot papers sent and received, 2006 and 2008 elections ................................................................ 50 Table 3.6 Off-shore Italian electoral college of AAOA, 2006 election, Chamber of Deputies, top 10 countries ........ 52 Table 3.7 Off-shore Italian electoral college of AAOA, 2006 election, candidates standing ....................................... 54 Table 3.8 Off-shore Italian electoral college of AAOA, 2008 election, candidates standing ....................................... 58 Table 3.9 Off-shore Italian electoral college of AAOA, 2008 election, party results ................................................... 59 Table 3.10 Off-shore...

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