Youth Council welcomes news that almost 38,000 new voters on electoral register since June 2012 in time for Childrens Referendum
NYCI has run an intensive campaign to register young voters in last few weeks
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is pleased to learn that 37,774 new voters have been added to the supplementary register since the Fiscal Treaty Referendum in June and will now have the right to vote in the upcoming Children’s Referendum on November 10th.
NYCI received the numbers of approved applications for inclusion on the supplementary register from most of the 34 local authorities around the country with additional information from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Over the past number of weeks we have conducted an extensive voter registration campaign via email/text, on university campuses and online engaging with thousands of young people. We also developed our own App which when downloaded provides information on registering to vote. In addition one of our member organisations, Spunout.ie has also run an energetic voter registration drive among young people in recent weeks.
“We are very pleased that so many new voters have registered in the last few weeks, many of them young people. NYCI has campaigned for many years to encourage young people to register to vote, particularly since a 2009 NYCI survey among young people showed that 26% those under 25 years were not registered,” stated James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director.
There has been a big increase in voters on the supplementary register in some areas because of large local student populations and because some local authorities have undertaken door to door voter registration campaigns during the summer. The largest increase in voters is in Dublin City Council area with 7,204 new voters since June 2012 but there are also significant increases in County Galway, (4611) Louth, (3381), County Limerick, (3054) Wicklow, (2274), Roscommon (2061), Meath (1792) and Galway City (1778).
“With five days left to polling day on November 10th we will be working hard to encourage not only those young people who have recently registered to vote, but we will be encouraging all young people who have a vote to make time to turn out and vote yes for children next Saturday,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI 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. www.youth.ie
NYCI Yes position
As a non-governmental and non political organisation NYCI does not normally take a position in elections/referendums. However NYCI has campaigned for a Children’s Rights amendment for many years and the NYCI board referred the matter to a vote of member organisations in accordance with NYCI Articles of Association. NYCI members advocated taking a Yes position by an overwhelming majority.