I have been wondering about it for years. From time to time this topic appears in the PF, too. Here are most recent opinions:1 Until Polonia - a lot of whom have never set foot in Poland, are stripped of voting rights, Poland will always be hostage to its past.2 A very simple rule: no representation without taxation. Pay tax to Poland as a resident would, and you can vote. Don't pay tax, don't vote.
I shared those points of view too. Now I am not sure, especially after reading the article about US Polonia voting dilemma from the blog Expat Pole` Dairy from Chicago
In short, the author, a Polish female in the USA since 2009, claims it is improper to vote if you left and haven`t lived in Poland for many years. I also read comments below her entry, posters generally agree with her and admit they don`t vote, either.
Statistics for 2015 parliamentary elections: 25.000 Am Poles voted. (72% of these Am Poles voted PiS, while 10% PO).
More Poles voted in Great Britain - about 65.000. That`s new emigration which arrived recently.
Altogether, 175.000 Poles took part in the voting all over the world.
Full statistics here:
Comments: only 25.000 Poles voted in the USA. It means they are probably new migrants who have come to America within past few years. Probably the old immigrants, staying in the USA for 30 or more years don`t vote. Or, am I wrong?
You assume that Polonia vote for PiS eh?
Polonia vote for one party mainly. :) But, are they able to influence the results in Poland proper? Hmm, I doubt it.
As I said, I don`t know what should be done with it. Let it stay as it is?