The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is reminding young people to register to vote ahead of next month’s referendums on the Seanad and on new Court of Appeal.
“With just days left to register to vote, we would urge any young person who is 18 years of age on or before October 4th to apply for inclusion on the supplementary register. They can do so up until Tuesday, September 17th,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
The NYCI also highlighted the importance of fist-time voters making sure they are registered, as an estimated 50,000 young people are turning 18 in 2013.* Mr Doorley explained:
“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.”**
“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 September 17th,” continued Mr Doorley.
“We strongly encourage young people to register and to go out and vote in the upcoming referendums. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in how we shape the future of this country. Those seeking information on the proposed constitutional changes should check the Referendum Commission website at www.referendum2013.ie ” concluded 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.
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:
Who can vote in the referendum?
Every citizen of Ireland ordinarily resident in the State, who is aged 18 years or over on polling day, and whose name is entered on the register of electors is entitled to vote.
* CSO Census 2011: Number of those age 16 years in 2011: 56,005
(CD212: Enumerated Population by Single Year of Age, Sex, Marital Status and Census Year )
**The Truth About Youth (NYCI)
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.