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# Voting Rights
Poll: Should Irish emigrants be allowed vote for the Irish president?
Are Irish citizens abroad unfairly left out?

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY wants to give Irish emigrants the right to vote in presidential elections and it could happen as early as 2018.

The clamour for voting rights for Irish citizens abroad has grown alongside emigration and the Constitutional Convention recommended it be introduced.

Nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland have also argued that passport holders in the north should be allowed vote for the president.

It’s estimated that extending voting rights to Irish abroad and in Northern Ireland could add up to 3.5 million voters.

The president represents all Irish citizens and it’s argued that all citizens should therefore have the right to vote for them. 

Today’s poll: Should Irish citizens abroad be allowed vote for the Irish president?

Poll Results:

Yes, all Irish citizens should. (4232)
No, keep it as it is. (4043)
Yes, but only if they've lived in the Republic of Ireland. (2765)
Yes, but only if they've lived on the island of Ireland. (1336)

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