Ireland is voting Friday on legalizing same-sex marriage. Among the voters are about 60,000 Irish expatriates who left the country within the past 18 months and are coming back, most of them to vote yes. They're tweeting their journeys back with #hometovote.
The hashtag has been tweeted more than 48,000 times.
The #hometovote is like when you're watching The Hobbit and an army of elves you'd forgotten from earlier in the film arrive over a hill.— Colm O'Regan (@colmoregan) May 21, 2015
Many of the voters are coming back from the United Kingdom:
Other voters are coming from even farther away. Ireland could become the 20th country to legalize same-sex marriage and the first to do it with a national referendum.
Came #hometovote, my Dad told me to shave my beard and my Mam needs 2 months of tech advice. This better be a Yes.— Paul McDonnell (@Paul_Austin) May 21, 2015
Unlike other places, Ireland doesn't let expats vote absentee — they had to fly home to cast a ballot.
Polls suggest that same-sex marriage will win in a landslide, with around 70 percent of likely voters saying they'd vote yes. (Polls in Ireland have been wrong before, though.)
This man found out today that he was eligible to vote and live-tweeted his race back from Edinburgh. He made it:
Flight won't get into Dublin until after 8pm at this stage. Gonna be tight getting to polling station but equality will find a way. #MarRef— kDamo (@kDamo) May 22, 2015
This man, who came back from Australia, helped spark a social media movement to bring expatriates home to cast their vote:
Results will be made public Saturday.