The rules drawn up for participation in the Italian Democratic Party primaries were devised by the the supporters of the current party Leader, Bersani, to make voting difficult for the general population of voters. It has now emerged that there was a particular targetting of young potential voters, the 16-18 year olds, even if they were enrolled in the Party. From 16 onwards people can join the Party, work for the Party, pay dues to the Party, vote in primaries for the regional elections but they have been excluded from voting in this primary. Of course many of them will be 18 by the time the country goes to the general elections next March so it is particularly egregious that they should be so feared by the apparatchiks that they cannot vote now under Party rules to choose the new Leader.
So far there has been success in excluding centrist, non-Party voters, eg civic list voters; voters with a principled opposition to signing vaguely worded, tax and spend pseudo manifestos; those who have no wish to hand their personal details to the apparatchiks; those abroad who found themselves excluded days before the vote by the early cut-off dates for registration; those who couldn't queue for hours and hours; young people who display a marked aversion to voting for bald-headed old communists with a nasty-line in tub-thumping, patronising rhetoric; and perhaps those who can't take time from work to go to the capital cities of their provinces to have their justifications backed-by-documentation ruled on by apparatchik election commissioners.
We need registration to vote for the run-off next Sunday available document free, and on line or available in person at the polling stations up to and including next Sunday.
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