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Voting in NI

I was just watching the competition streamed from Irish television, for choosing Ireland's 2011 Eurovision entry. (It'll probably be another hour until voting's done.)

The most interesting thing about the songs recap was that it included instructions on how people in Northern Ireland could vote. That's a different country. Surely, they should be voting for the UK's entry, not Ireland's. Do they get to double-vote there?

P.S. Strongest entry won, squeaking victory by a smidgen over the other strongest entry: Jedward will be in the Eurovision semi-finals.

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perfectlyvague
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
There appear to have been NI and Eire phone numbers for tonight's vote so UK people were voting as well.

As far as I can tell NI have to vote with the UK which is actually a bit of a cheat in terms of the not being able to vote for your own country thing (but I assume the smaller Eastern European countries have just the same swing due to someone from one country just living 10 miles down the road in another country) but as a result that means we vote disproportionately highly for Eire.
owlfish
Feb. 12th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
No, I was wrong: NI can - as is most logical! - vote for with the UK. But it looks like people living there may *also* be able to vote with Ireland.