The ‘Donegal Together for Yes’ group has launched a “major” campaign to place first-time voters on the electoral register, ahead of the May 8 deadline.
The move came in advance of the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018.
The nationwide awareness campaign will run for two weeks and will involve Together for Yes canvasses and information stalls across Donegal encouraging people to register to vote and to check their details are correct on ChecktheRegister.ie.
According to ‘Donegal Together for Yes’ 122,000 young people who have turned 18 since the last general election.
The group said: “Those young people are eligible to vote. 466,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are currently eligible to vote in Ireland, if they are registered.
“Any person who turns 18 before the referendum on May 25 is also eligible to register in advance of the deadline.
“Students in LyIT are being encouraged by ‘Donegal Students for Choice’ to make sure that they are on the Register and to get on the Supplemental Register if they are not or if they have moved address.
“Donegal Students for Choice is an informal alliance of LYIT and ETB students in Donegal and from Donegal but who are studying elsewhere,” added ‘Donegal Together for Yes.’
Cathie Shiels of ‘Donegal Together for Yes’ said: ‘‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to vote for a more compassionate and caring society.
“Nobody under the age of 50 has had a chance to vote on this issue. We are encouraging everyone, especially young people and those who have changed address recently, to make sure they are on the Supplement to the Register of Electors before the deadline of May 8, so that they can vote Yes on May 25.
“Young people have a critical part to play in this historic referendum and ‘Together for Yes’ is urging them to make sure they are registered to vote so they can vote Yes. We are encouraging everyone to check the register on www.checktheregister.ie or ring your local authority and confirm if you are registered to vote. We are asking everyone to check in with their family, friends and colleagues to ensure everyone is registered to vote.’
“Details on how to register to vote can be found on our website: https://www.togetherforyes.ie/register4yes/
122,000,” concluded Ms Shiels.
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