I have discovered that I have no voice.
We tried to vote in the Canadian elections, but we've been out of the country for more than 5 years, and weren't allowed to. An archane rule from pre-internet days. Most likely, if I am going to make the effort to go to my embassy/consulate TWICE to vote, I have some idea of what's going on.
I received a letter a year or two ago asking me if I wanted to renounce my (nonexistent) right to vote in the UK so I could vote in Spain. I said yes.
Spain has said no.
I will have to look into it for the federal level, as possibly maybe I might be able to vote.
Today was municipal elections. I have a NIE (registered number for foreigners allowed to work), I am registered both nationally (some bit of paper) and locally (empadronat), I have a job, a house, a mortgage, I pay my freaking taxes, I have two kids in the local school, and they said I couldn't vote.
I should have filled in a FORM TWO MONTHS before election day. For you Americans out there? They have TWO WEEKS of electioneering. I however have to ask to vote before every. single. election .
Two months in advance.
I was really very (surprisingly) angry.
I felt most unwelcome. Honestly. Unwelcome.
You'll take my money, but not my opinion.
Then I went down to Plaça Catalunya. Shoulda set up my own tent.