- urges young people to register to vote in local and European elections
- Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 6th
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (26.03.14) launched a nationwide initiative to encourage those under 25 to make sure they are on the electoral register for the upcoming elections taking place on May 23rd.
Speaking at the launch of the pledge2reg.ie campaign today in UCD, Dublin James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “We strongly encourage young people to register to vote ahead of the local and European elections. Anyone who is 18 years of age on or before polling day can apply for inclusion on the supplementary register up until Tuesday, May 6th.”
The Youth Council will be visiting sites in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Athlone and Galway as part of its pledge2reg roadshow, helping young people to register. On the campaign website pledge2reg.ie young people nationwide can download the forms, sign up for reminders and be find out more about the elections.
“Not being on the register is a key reason why young people don’t vote, with many not even aware they have to register. In fact, a previous NYCI study found that 26% of 18-25 year olds were not registered to vote, rising to 36% among 18-21 year olds,”* explained Mr Doorley.
“Also, a number of young people who have moved away from where they are registered to vote because they are in education or employment elsewhere and are unable to travel back to vote can change their voting registration to their current residence, again on or before, May 6th,” continued Mr Doorley.
Young people seeking to register, can obtain the relevant form (RFA2) from local authorities or can download it from www.checktheregister.ie . Those wishing to change their registration address can download the RFA3 form. These forms must be completed and brought to a local Garda station to be witnessed and stamped, and I.D. will be required.
See www.pledge2reg.ie for more details on the campaign. This campaign is part of the League of Young Voters in Europe, a politically neutral initiative that aims to amplify young people’s concerns and expectations in the run-up to European elections.
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.
*The Truth About Youth (NYCI)
NYCI study http://www.voteat16.ie/files/uploads/on_Voter_Participation_National_Survey_FINAL.pdf
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