3000 Irish emigrants who were recently naturalised are eligible to vote in the 1996 US Presidential elections.
During a naturalisation ceremony in Washington on St Patrick's Day 1996 100 Irish emigrants became American citizens. Former Congressman Bruce Morrison addressed the audience. Among those who became US citizens that day are Brendan and Breda White. They are now entitled to vote in an American election for the first time. Arriving at a polling station in Northern Virginia with their baby. Both are voting for Democrat Bill Clinton as he is a young candidate and that they feel will do a lot for the country.
This is one of the main reasons we wanted to get our citizenship so we could exercise our vote.
Traditionally, Irish emigrants vote for candidates from the Democratic Party. They celebrate Clinton's victory in a local bar with other Irish Americans.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 November 1996. The reporter is Bryan Dobson.