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    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) says it will allow non-EU foreigners to vote in local elections should it win September’s election – opening the polls to Americans and Russians, as well as the country's large Turkish population.

    Thomas Oppermann, head of the SPD parliamentary party, told the BZ am Sonntag newspaper said the party had drawn up plans to enable non-EU citizens who had lived in Germany for more than six years to be able to vote in the local elections.

    “Whoever has legally lived for a minimum of six years in Germany, can then for example vote in municipal elections as a Turk or Russian in Berlin,” he said.

    The paper says around seven million foreigners live in Germany, but is not clear how many of these would qualify.
    http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20090808-21121.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todesengel View Post
    the party had drawn up plans to enable non-EU citizens who had lived in Germany for more than six years to be able to vote in the local elections.
    Wouldn't they be able to do so, anyways? Correct me if I'm wrong but afaik you're able to get the German citizenship after living at leat 4 years in Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stimme View Post
    Wouldn't they be able to do so, anyways? Correct me if I'm wrong but afaik you're able to get the German citizenship after living at leat 4 years in Germany.
    This is not about citizenship but extending the right to vote in local elections to non-citizens that come from outside the EU.

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    Right, but after receiving the German citizenship they're allowed to vote. So their is no need for an extension of the right to vote.

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