Citizens of over 100 nations across the world enjoy this right, many with nowhere near the history of migration that Ireland has. From Iran to Togo and the United Kingdom to Belarus provisions exist for external voting.
Yorkshire puddings, pubs, and having a good debate over a decent cup of tea with an old friend are just a few things you may miss while you’re overseas. But living abroad doesn’t stop you having your say back home…
Every British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 16 years is eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary (general) elections and European Parliamentary elections in the UK.
Some countries like Italy make provisions for parliamentary representation for ex-patriate voters through the establishment of four constituencies representing different regions of the world.
postal votes are only available in a restricted set of circumstances. The Irish constitution requires a secret ballot and the courts have interpreted this quite narrowly. Postal votes are available to people who by reason of their occupation, cannot vote normally. They are also available to students living away from home, to people with disabilities, to prisoners, and to long term residents of hospitals, nursing homes and other similar institutions.