National Youth Council of Ireland – Comhairle Náisiúnta na nÓg
Youth Council: final call for 700,000 young people to make sure they are registered to vote in General Election
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people – is today (20.01.20) making a final call for young people to ensure they are registered to vote before Wednesday’s deadline for inclusion on the electoral register. The group has highlighted that there are up to 696,543 eighteen to twenty nine year olds entitled to vote in the coming election.*
Thousands have turned 18 and become eligible to vote since 2019 local and European Elections
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are anxious to ensure that those who turned 18 since the local and European elections in May 2019 are included in the electoral register and will be in a position to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming general election. Any young person who is 18 years of age on or before February 8th 2020 next is eligible for inclusion in the updated voters list.
“We are also eager to ensure those young people who may have registered between May and November 2019, check they are eligible to vote in the election on February 8th as even if they submitted forms during this period they may only be eligible to vote on February 15th 2020. We would encourage anyone who is in doubt to go online and checktheregister.ie or contact their local city or county council,” continued Mr Doorley.
If in doubt, print out and fill in (RFA2 form)
“If it appears you are not registered, you need to download and fill in the RFA2 form which is available on checktheregister.ie, have it signed and witnessed at a Garda Station. The completed forms need to be returned by post or by hand to your local city or county council by latest Wednesday’s January 22nd deadline, in order to make sure you will be able to cast your ballot on February 8th, so time is of the essence. However, there is still time, so we would encourage people to make every effort to get on the register,” added Mr Doorley.
“For almost every election and referendum we get calls from young people who have missed the registration deadline and are disappointed that they cannot vote, so we urge young people to make sure they are registered and not to leave it to the last minute,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 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.
*CSO Data: 2016 Census (61,643)
** CSO Data 2016 Census
(Source CSO Data 2016 Census. Population 2011 to 2016 (Number) by Sex, Single Year of Age, County and City and Census Year Both sexes)
|County||Total aged 18-29|
|Limerick City and County||30577|
|Waterford City and County||16647|