UP to 4,000 young people may not be able to vote in the upcoming referendum
OVER 3,600 young people in Wexford may not be on the electoral register according to the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
A RedC/NYCI poll last autumn found that up to 30 per cent of 18-25 year olds were not on the electoral register. Based on the most recent data from the Central Statistics Office, that would mean up to 3,672 young people in County Wexford risk missing out on being able to vote.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said:'We know from our work with young people that the vast majority of them want to vote but are not aware they have to register to vote or only become aware after the deadline for inclusion in the supplementary register. This is particularly an issue for young people who turned 18 and became eligible to vote since the local and European elections in 2014.
Any young person who is 18 on or before May 22 is eligible to vote. If they are not registered, they can do so by downloading and filling in the RFA2 form at www.checktheregister.ie. This form must be bstamped at a Garda Station and returned to the local authority before close of business on Tuesday, May 5.
'With the bank holiday weekend the latest day for posting the form is effectively Friday, May 1', said Mr Doorley.