Youth Council urges young people to register in time for General Election
- 59,000 young people in Ireland have turned 18 since last year and will have right to vote
- Deadline for supplementary register tomorrow 9th February
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is making a final call on young people nationwide to make sure they are registered to vote, given that a General Election is just weeks away. The deadline for inclusion on the supplementary register is the 9th of February.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are especially anxious to ensure that the 59,000* young people who have turned 18 in the last 12 months are included in the electoral register and can exercise their democratic right.”
Any young person who is 18 years of age on or before the date of the election is eligible to vote. If they are not currently registered, they can do so by downloading and filling in the RFA2 form at www.checktheregister.ie. This form must be stamped at a Garda Station and returned to the local authority before close of business tomorrow, Tuesday 9th of February. Likewise, if a young person wishes to change their registration address, they need to complete an RFA3 form, get it stamped and return it to the local authority by the deadline. Therefore the applications must be completed and posted today (Monday 8th) so that the relevant local authority receives them on time.
“Excellent work was done last year to get young people on the electoral register, especially since NYCI published our study in September 2014 showing that 30% of 18 to 25 year olds were not registered.** However, with over 59,000 young people nationwide turning 18 in the last 12 months,* we need to work continually to ensure all are registered.
“For almost every election we get calls from young people who have missed the registration deadline and are disappointed that they cannot vote. We urge young people to make sure they are registered and not to leave it to the last minute, so that they can vote in the upcoming General Election,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 087 781 4903 or email email@example.com
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: Population (Number) by Sex, Single Year of Age, Province County or City and Census Year: Both sexes 14 years of age in Census 2011 > County by Single Year of Age
** NYCI BRIEFING PAPER 1: VOTER PARTICIPATION – key data from RedC/NYCI national survey on young people: https://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI%20Briefing%20Paper%20on%20Voter%20Participation_DM.pdf