Ireland has most restrictive expat voting rights in EU

21 Dec

Europeans Throughout the World has produced a handy chart of emigrant voting rights across the EU that I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time.

The whole chart is very much worth a look – I’ve just pulled out one section of the data below, the answer to the question of whether expats are allowed to vote at national elections, but the chart also covers such information as means of voting, eligibility to vote for MEPs, special advisory bodies and more. Ireland, of course, is the only country with all “No’s” across the board.

European Country – Vote at national elections?
AUSTRIA –  YES
BELGIUM – YES
DENMARK  – (YES) but with many restrictions
ESTONIA – YES
FINLAND – YES
FRANCE – YES
GERMANY  – YES – but only within countries of Council of Europe
GREECE – NO (subject to change following recent European Court of Human Rights decision)
IRELAND – NO
ITALY – YES
LUXEMBOURG – YES
SPAIN – YES
NETHERLANDS – YES
POLAND – YES
PORTUGAL – YES
ROMANIA – YES
SLOVAKIA – YES
SWEDEN – YES
SWISS – YES
UNITED KINGDOM – YES (Voting right is lost after 15 years abroad – this time limit is being challenged by a Spanish-based UK citizen.)

See the chart.

Visit the Europeans Throughout the World website.

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2 Responses to “Ireland has most restrictive expat voting rights in EU”

  1. Hellenes Online December 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    It’s about time we all mobilize

    • Noreen Bowden January 7, 2011 at 1:49 am #

      Thanks for your comment, and I agree. I am curious – what is the status on the Greek situation now, following that court case? Is the government making moves to enable expat voting?

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