EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 7, 2013

Letter: Dual citizenship voting rights are confusing

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

I am confused about “dual citizenship” rights.

The City of Lawrence held presidential elections for the Dominican Republic, and hired the Lawrence Police Department to monitor those foreign elections. The huge number of votes cast in Lawrence by dual citizens was enough to skew the presidental election in a very close race in the Dominican Republic. Mayor William Lantigua had a front row place of honor at the swearing in of the new Dominican president after that bizarre election.

Mayor Juan De Los Santos, Santo Domingo East, Dominican Republic, just visited Lawrence and was given the “Keys to The City” from the hands of our Mayor Lantigua. Why this honor? Could it be that on Sept. 23, the Dominican courts tightened their rules on who could claim Dominican citizenship?

Now, the votes cast in Lawrence by Lawrencians have elected Daniel Rivera as the new mayor. But, we have to wait for the absentee ballots to arrive in the mail from the Dominican Republic’s dual citizens? How can these dual citizens vote in two countries? It should be one or the other.

What is going on here?

Beatrice Heinze