Global Politics

American voters in Ireland

BM: A lot of people here of all ages and ethnicities, good gathering, good crowd. (Is what's happening today a curiosity to you?) It would be if I wasn't a duel citizen, I worked in the States for 12 years. (For your fellow Irishmen and women there is a striking amount of interest. The Clinton family is well liked there, no?) A lot of people still hold affection for the Clintons, the whole issue with South Carolina seeps into the debate over here as well. KF organized the gathering today at that pub: We've got the American flag and the Irish flag and a bunch of voters. (Is this the only place in Dublin where American voters are voting today?) Yes, in Dublin. But in the rest of the world, there's more. (Has it been a big turnout?) Yes, very big, we weren't expecting it. (How are they casting their ballots?) They're a mixture of things, we allow emails, and paper votes. (How come these people didn't vote through absentee ballot?) Because they have that choice. I think a lot of people feel Democrats Abroad benefits them in a different way. (How else would you describe this?) A lot of people have noticed in the last eight years that Americans abroad are politicized. (Your friends abroad, the people at the pub, do they ask about why it's such a big deal? What's their interest?) There's a huge interest. We have a lot of Irish helping out. There are a lot of Irish people who would like to vote.

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