Tuesday 23 January 2018

Extra 1,428 voters register ahead of referendums

By Esther Hayden

Ballot box voting
Ballot box voting

An additional 1,428 people in Wexford have registered to vote in the forthcoming referendums.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) said that a total of 1,428 people in the Model County have been added to the supplementary register in advance of the upcoming referendums. The group is also calling on young people to ensure they cast their vote.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: 'We have compiled the figures from local authorities which indicate that 1,428 people in Wexford added their names to the supplementary register before the May 5 deadline, which is to be welcomed.

'Now, however, the focus must turn to getting out the vote. There are almost 400,000 18 to 25 year olds in Ireland. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging this age group in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday May 22.

'Over 3.1 million citizens have the right to vote in these referendums and with some results, as we saw in the divorce referendum in 1995 which was decided by only 9,000 votes, each vote will count,' added Mr Doorley.

We've been working to increase the number of young people on the register for the past number of referendums and elections, and we're delighted that the local media have been supportive of our campaign this time round. This campaign, along with registration drives run by many youth and community organisations, has helped contribute to the additional numbers on the electoral register.

'We welcome this increase, and remind young people to go out and vote in the upcoming referendums. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country.'

Wexford People

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