The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people – is encouraging young people to make sure they are registered to vote before the deadline for inclusion on the electoral register on Tuesday next, May 7th.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are especially anxious to ensure that the 61,643 young people who have turned 18 since both the Referendum and Presidential Election in 2018 and now have the right to vote are included in the electoral register and will be in a position to exercise their democratic right to vote in the upcoming local and European elections and Divorce referendum.”
Any young person who is 18 years of age on or before May 24th 2019 next is eligible for inclusion in this updated voters list.
“We are advising young people to check if they are on the electoral register on www.checktheregister.ie . Anyone not currently registered, needs to fill in the RFA2 form, have it signed and witnessed at a Garda Station, then return it by post or by hand to your local city or county council by the May 7th deadline, in order to make sure they will be able to cast their ballot on May 24th,” added Mr Doorley.
“Excellent work is done each year to get young people on the electoral register, by organisations including the NYCI. However, with over 61,000* young people nationwide turning 18 since last year we need to work continually to ensure all are registered. While the deadline to get your completed RFA2 form to local Councils is Tuesday, May 7th, with the Bank Holiday on this coming Monday, we would encourage applicants to put the completed form in the post by latest Friday, May 3rd. In effect that gives applicants a few days to register, since this form also needs to be signed and stamped at a Garda Station we would encourage people not to leave it to the last minute”, stated James Doorley.
Over 90,000 young people from EU and outside EU eligible to vote
You do not have to be an Irish citizen to vote in a local election. However, you must be ordinarily resident in the State on 1 September 2018, to be allowed register on the 2019/20 Register of Electors.
Mr Doorley said: “We are also anxious to ensure that the almost 57,000 young people aged 18-29 from other EU Member States who can vote in the local and European elections and the almost 38,000 young people aged 18-29 from outside the EU who as residents can vote in the local elections are registered. This group of almost 95,000 young voters were not eligible to vote in recent referenda or the Presidential election and as a result may not have registered to vote in recent years. Again we would strongly encourage EU nationals and others resident in Ireland to check their details on www.checktheregister.ie If they are not registered to fill in the appropriate forms, take these to their local Garda Station and send to the city/county council where they are resident by latest this Friday, May 3rd.
“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, 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 any upcoming local and European elections and referendum” concluded James Doorley
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 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
COUNTY BREAKDOWN: young people turned 18 since 2018 Referendum and will have right to vote
(Population 2011 to 2016 (Number) by Sex, Single Year of Age, County and City and Census Year Both sexes 15 years in 2016 (18 in 2019))
|County||Number of young people|
|Limerick City and County||2423|
|Waterford City and County||1584|