Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), youth website and LGBTI youth organisation BeLonGTo released a joint statement urging people aged between 18 and 25 to "ensure their voices are heard".

Since the General Election in 2016, more than 122,000 Irish people have turned 18 and will be eligible to vote when polling stations open on 25 May.

Anyone not registered by the May 8th deadline will not be able to vote in the referendum.

Gulajan Sayyad, chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), told reporters on April 14 that voters could register in some 7,300 polling centers across the country. You have until 5pm Monday to register at the Voter Registration Office in the Erie County Courthouse.

Over the coming weeks the IEC hopes to register 13-14 million people at polling centres where they will be required to cast their vote, which officials hope will reduce the risk of ballot-box stuffing.

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"This can often happen as local authorities attempt to clean the registers".

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USI president Michael Kerrigan said registering to vote was now part of coming to college.

Another hurdle to voter registration is the lack of national identification cards, or taskeras, particularly among women. "The equality referendum showed students that voting can make a real difference", he said.

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