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voting while out of the country

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  • 09-04-2018 11:43am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1


    cant seem to find a straight answer online!
    I will be out of the country when the vote for the next referendum is taking place.
    (I will be in Spain if this helps)
    Can i vote? online? postal? embassy?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,403 ✭✭✭✭vicwatson


    keithc420 wrote: »
    cant seem to find a straight answer online!
    I will be out of the country when the vote for the next referendum is taking place.
    (I will be in Spain if this helps)
    Can i vote? online? postal? embassy?

    Cycling forum?


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,528 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    thread moved to politics forum.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 565 ✭✭✭Trasna1


    Assuming you are just an ordinary citizen (and without going into the limited exceptions) the short answer is no.
    You must present yourself at your polling station to vote.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,064 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    Ireland does not do online or embassy voting. A good thing in my opinion.

    Postal votes are only for the infirm or those whose essential duties on polling day prevent them from attending their home polling station in person. So as mentioned above, if you're out of the country for whatever personal reason that day, you will not be voting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 41,065 ✭✭✭✭Annasopra


    keithc420 wrote: »
    cant seem to find a straight answer online!
    I will be out of the country when the vote for the next referendum is taking place.
    (I will be in Spain if this helps)
    Can i vote? online? postal? embassy?


    If you are on holidays. No
    If you are living there. No - but if you have been living there less than 18 months you can return home to vote
    If you are working there. No in most cases

    http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/government_in_ireland/elections_and_referenda/voting/registering_to_vote.html#leb892
    You will normally be required to vote in person at an official voting centre but you may be eligible for a postal vote if you are:

    An Irish diplomat or his/her spouse posted abroad
    A member of the Garda Síochána
    A whole-time member of the Defence Forces.
    You may also be eligible for a postal vote if you cannot go to a polling station because:

    Of a physical illness or disability
    You are studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from your home address where you are registered
    You are unable to vote at your polling station because of your occupation
    You are unable to vote at your polling station because you are in prison as a result of an order of a court.

    It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.

    Terry Pratchet



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  • Registered Users Posts: 34,854 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato


    Anything more than extremely limited postal voting is a massive threat to the integrity of the electoral process, IMO.

    Fingal County Council are certainly not competent to be making decisions about the most important piece of infrastructure on the island. They need to stick to badly designed cycle lanes and deciding on whether Mrs Murphy can have her kitchen extension.



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