The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (21.05.15) called on young people to make sure they use their vote in tomorrow’s referendums.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “Up to 400,000 young people aged 18-25 have the right to vote tomorrow. The high numbers registered recently are an indication of the level of interest in this referendum.
“The past few months have seen over 100,000 people – primarily young people, students, and first time voters – making the effort to ensure that their voices are heard on 22 May. More than 60,000 people were added to the supplementary register in advance of the May 5th deadline. Moreover, many NYCI members, including Spunout and BelongTo, as well as the USI and other youth and community organisations ran youth and student-focussed voter registration drives resulting in up to 40,000 new voters being added to the electoral register in November last year.
“We strongly encourage young people to go out and vote in tomorrow’s referendums. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country,” concluded Mr Doorley.
First-time voters: what you need to know The Youth Council is also making instructions available to first time voters on youth.ie/vote letting them know what they need, and what to expect when they get to the polling station.
The 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.