All citizens of Chile as well as foreigners legally residing in Chile for at least five years, who are 18 years of age or older on the day of the election, are eligible to vote. Enrollment in Chile is automatic for those aged 17 and older and voting is voluntary.
There’s a lot of talk lately about the Chilean economic model (apparently it’s chic to admire Pinochet these days). If we’re going to adopt Chile’s economic model (privatized social security, public education, etc.), why not also consider their suffrage laws, which allow all citizens and non-citizen resident aliens to vote (no taxation without representation, right)? While we’re at it, let’s also automatically register everyone to vote, too.
If you don’t trust Wikipedia, here’s a link to Chile’s constitutional provisions regarding voting. The suffrage rule regarding non-citizen resident aliens is Article 14.
BTW, the one part of the economic model no one ever mentions, is that Chile also has mandated universal health care. Not only are all citizens required to purchase health care coverage, the price is set at 7% of their wages. Those too poor are, however, automatically covered.
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