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DUBLIN, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The results of Ireland’s May 26 referendum that repealed the pro-life Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution are being challenged in the country’s High Court.
The pro-abortion “Yes” side won with 66.5% of the vote.
Challenger - Joanna - Jordan - Dublin - Numbers
The first challenger, Joanna Jordan of Dublin, has complained that large numbers of potential “No” voters were allegedly deregistered and therefore blocked from casting their ballots.
In addition, she questioned the unexplained boost to the “Yes” side. Before the day of the referendum, polls indicated that the victory might go to either side. However, the exit polls and the ultimate tally showed that two-thirds of voters voted “Yes”, an unexpected landslide for the pro-abortion side.
Jordan - Evidence - Numbers - No - Voters
Jordan stated that “evidence is coming in of large numbers of potential No voters who were unable to vote due to de-registering.” These included convents of nuns and residents of nursing homes.
She also alleged that “thousands of young Irish citizens who were paid to return to vote” were not questioned at polling stations about their time of residency abroad.
No - Vote - Weeks - Jordan - People
Having canvassed for a “No” vote for over 17 weeks, Jordan said most people were inclined towards voting “Yes” until early May when opinions shifted towards the “No” side. This trend continued until May 24, when, she believed, there was only a 2.6% difference in the polls between the two sides.
“Within 24 hours, the result showed an increase of 20 per cent,” she wrote. “Such a swing is not possible.”
Charles - Byrne - Drogheda - No - Voters
Charles Byrne of Drogheda also complained that many potential No voters, including Poor Claire communities, found their names absent from the register. He alleged that some voters received two polls, that non-citizens had voted, and that in some places ballots for over 100% of eligible voters were counted.
In addition, Byrne objected to the Referendum Commission’s information...
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