Coming #HomeToVote: top tweets from emigrants making epic journeys back
Voters travelling long distances and helping each other out to make it to the polls
As emigrants flock home to vote in Friday’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment, Twitter has come alive with accounts of their journeys.
Was actually so humbled and relieved to meet four other Irish people on the flight from Buenos Aires to London, all of them flying onwards to Dublin today or tomorrow to #voteyes. #hometovote #together4yes— Ciaran Gaffney (@gaffneyciaran) May 23, 2018
A lot of air miles and a lot of hours have been clocked up as emigrants make the journey home.
Just started the first leg of my journey #hometovote. Taking a night bus to Tokyo, where I will fly out tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, I can find something fun to do while eagerly awaiting my chance to help #RepealTheEighth on Friday. pic.twitter.com/DpDeZziKzv— Matthew Corbally (@Corballicious) May 22, 2018
On both sides of the debate.
All across the world, Irish people are going #hometovote NO (#hometovoteno) to the extreme abortion agenda of #repealthe8th/#together4yes.@LdnIrishU4L in particular have done a fantastic job of galvanising Irish expats in the UK behind #Savethe8th & #HomeToVote. #8thref #pkshow pic.twitter.com/hNtfq3cvYs— ExpatsForLife (@ExpatsForLife) May 24, 2018
Other Irish people, who have lost their vote at home after living outside of the country for a certain period of time, have urged Irish citizens to vote on their behalf.
I've been out of the country too long & have no vote this friday. This breaks my heart as I so strongly believe that women&families deserve to make any choice that's right for them without judgement or recrimination. Please #bemyyes &support women when they need it the most.— Aoife Keegan (@ayohkeego) May 23, 2018
Machu Picchu for YES. ✅— Aoife McCleary (@BridieFalls) May 23, 2018
Ireland. It’s time to take a stand for all the females in your life.
Up the women. Up the care. Up the compassion. And up the CHOICE. ❤️#repealthe8th #prochoice #together4yes #monaghan4yes #hometovote #táformná #youryesmatters #bemyyes pic.twitter.com/56hoMZUkkC
Some are offering lifts.
Sadly i'm in the UK too long to be eligible to vote in the referendum but I'm driving from Dublin airport to Thurles this Friday morning (1030ish) for a wedding if anyone needs a lift home. Preferably you'd be a Yes voter... #hometovote #votermotor— Keith Hoare (@Keith_Hoare) May 21, 2018
I'm heading #hometovote tomorrow via the 17.20 from Gatwick to Knock if any fellow #Together4Yes travellers would like to meet for a pre-flight coffee in the airport? Can also provide #votermotor from the airport to Swinford, Foxford, Ballina & Erris.— Gillian Eva Golden (@gillianegolden) May 23, 2018
Others are sponsoring emigrant voters to come home.
I sponsored someone’s flights so she could come #HomeToVote and I’m now sitting on my hands because all I want to do is message her “are you home yet? Are you home yet? ARE YOU HOME YET?”— Louise O' Neill (@oneilllo) May 23, 2018
From May 23rd to 3pm on May 24th, #hometovote was mentioned 43,096 times on social media, according to Meltwater, a social media analytics company. The top locations people are posting from were Ireland, the UK, the US, Australia and Canada with the most frequently occuring words and phrases being women, Dublin, home, London, Buenos Aires, airport, favour, eldest son, hours, access healthcare, flight and jumper.
As the person who collated every #HomeToVote & #VoterMotor #MotorVoter tweet for the marriage referendum 3y ago I can now confirm that the #RepealThe8th #Together4Yes response is at least 100 (yes 100) times BIGGER!— Dr Robert Bohan (@RobertBohan) May 24, 2018
Ireland you’re beautiful! #VoteYes
So I forgot my repeal jumper when I first started my travels in January and now my mam and dad are after showing up at Dublin airport with the jumper in hand and I just 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 #HomeToVote #Together4Yes #repealthe8th #VietnamToIreland pic.twitter.com/lJ7yGvg5YO
— the cute hoor (@HoorayForNiamh) May 23, 2018
Following the marriage equality referendum campaign, #HometoVote ranked fifth amongst Twitter’s top news trends in 2015, earning 72,000 tweets, and a place on the wall of Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco and Dublin.