Ensure Irish Sovereignty: Prevent Voter Fraud
IN BRIEF: On referendum day, a large number of expatriates, with no intention of returning to live in Ireland, could be “shipped in” to vote in favour of abortion, and having voted, “shipped out” again. This is a clear manipulation of the democratic process in Ireland and we must do everything we can to end it.
In Ireland, a person remains entitled to vote if he is absent from the country for up to eighteen months and has the intention of resuming residence within that period.
While this is a reasonable provision it can give rise to voter irregularity and even voter fraud by persons absent for longer periods or who have no intention of resuming residence in Ireland.
It is possible that a referendum could be swayed by people who are not entitled to vote. If that were to happen the right of people in Ireland to determine their own direction and laws, could be drastically undermined.
For example, in the 2015 Referendum on same-sex “marriage”, groups on the "Yes" side actively canvassed the expatriate vote. Such campaigns gained traction with the help of extensive media coverage. Social media reported emigrants returning to vote from the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere. No doubt this included some who were genuinely entitled to cast a vote; they were absent less than eighteen months and intended to resume residence within that period - but the potential for voter fraud is all too evident. Eligibility controls need to be significantly enhanced.
With a likely referendum on the 8th Amendment in the not too distant future, it is important that the potential for voter fraud is eliminated. Those who wish to introduce abortion into Ireland, along with all the misery and problems it causes, could potentially abuse the current system by targeting the expatriate vote. We could see a flood of long absent citizens visit our shores to vote against the 8th Amendment and speedily return overseas.
This is a matter of the sovereignty of the people in Ireland. The law recognises this by only allowing Irish citizens who are resident, or else who are within the terms of absence acceptable under the law, to vote in a referendum.
Please sign this petition to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government asking him to undertake immediate steps to enhance controls around this very important area.