Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) is a London-based campaign group. We’re campaigning for Irish citizens living abroad to be given the right to vote in Irish elections and referendums, bringing Ireland into line with the vast majority of democratic countries around the world.
We were established in 2011. We’re a diverse group, with long-time emigrants, more recent emigrants, and first and second generation Irish involved in our campaign. We work with other campaign groups and individuals around the world, including in Brussels, the US and Australia.
What we’re campaigning for:
VICA’s primary goal is campaigning to extend the franchise for Irish general elections and referendums to include all Irish-born citizens abroad.
We support extending votes for the presidency as a significant way in which Irish citizens abroad can be valued as part of the global Irish diaspora, acknowledging people’s ongoing sense of an Irish culture and identity across generations. The Convention on the Constitution, which we were involved with, voted by 78% in favour of this proposal in 2013.
1. The right to vote in elections to the Dáil to be granted for all Irish citizens abroad who are first generation emigrants (that is, who were born in Ireland and left).
2. That this be managed by a system of reserved constituencies in order not to ‘swamp’ the votes of resident citizens. This system, used by France and Italy, assigns dedicated constituencies for emigrants.
3. The vote to be granted with no time limit after emigration, as is the case in most other countries.
4. That all citizens abroad (including those of Irish descent who have become citizens) should be able to exercise the right to vote for the President.