Over 700 young people ineligible to vote in marriage equality referendum

Voting is underway across the North West.

With less than a month to go to the marriage equality referendum on May 22, statistics released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed that 713 people residing in County Leitrim between the ages of 18 and 25 are not yet eligible to vote.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is urging young people to make sure they have registered to vote. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 5.

A RedC/NYCI poll last autumn found that up to 30 percent of 18-25 year-olds in Ireland were not on the electoral register.

If you are not currently registered, you can do so by downloading and filling in the RFA2 form at www.checktheregister.ie.

This form must be brought to and stamped at a Garda Station where the applicant is required to bring ID and returned to the local authority before the close of business on May 5.

James Doorley, Deputy Director, NYCI has encouraged those who are not already registered, to do so : “We strongly encourage young people in County Leitrim 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 shaping the future of this country.”