Date: 25 February, 2016
Youth Council urging 18 to 25’s to get out and vote
Guide for first-time voters on youth.ie/vote
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed that 30,185 people nationwide have been added to the supplementary register in advance of tomorrow’s general election, and is calling on young people to ensure they cast their vote. The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations with 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers who work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “The figures from the Department of the Environment indicate that 30,185 people added their names to the supplementary register before the February 9th deadline, which is to be welcomed.
“Now, however, the focus must turn to getting out the vote. NYCI is encouraging 18 to 25 year olds in particular to make sure they make their voices heard tomorrow, Friday the 26th of February,” added Mr Doorley.
Mr Doorley said: “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 election. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country,” concluded Mr Doorley.
First-time voters: what you need to know
The Youth Council is also making instructions available to first time voters on youth.ie/vote, letting them know what they need, and what to expect when they get to the polling station.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 087 6483282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
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