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Jan 29 '18 at 13:17 comment added Peter Cordes @JonathanReez: Even if those voters themselves didn't swing the election on their own, the mere fact of them having votes and being part of the target audience for campaigns affected the whole process. Michael_B's answer pointing out that it's common for Ecuadorean presidential candidates to campaign overseas is fascinating and highly relevant. There are indirect effects on the whole election process from having expats entitled to a vote.
Jan 28 '18 at 20:57 comment added JonathanReez Still, result would've been exactly the same if the consulates never voted in the first place.
Jan 28 '18 at 18:04 comment added Alexei @JonathanReez - Also, it is important to notice that about 2M extra voters expressed their option in the second round.
Jan 28 '18 at 18:02 comment added Alexei @JonathanReez - vote diff between the candidates was about 1M. There were about 380K diaspora voters in the second round and about 340K voted for the winner. This roughly means that they contributed to about 1/3 of the vote difference. Clearly not fully decisive, but they had a significant contribution through their mobilization.
Jan 28 '18 at 17:48 comment added JonathanReez If I'm reading the Romanian wiki article correctly, Romanian voters constituted only 1% of the vote while the difference between the candidates was 9%. Therefore their vote is irrelevant unless each of them managed to galvanize 8 other voters.
Jan 28 '18 at 13:52 history edited Alexei CC BY-SA 3.0
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Jan 28 '18 at 11:54 history answered Alexei CC BY-SA 3.0