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Drive Launched To Encourage People To Register To Vote

Brendan O'Loughlin
Brendan O'Loughlin

03:40 17 Jan 2020


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People are being encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming general election.

Voters will have the chance to have their say on who should run the country on Saturday February 8th.

The Taoiseach hopes holding the vote on a Saturday will be more convenient for people.

Check if you're registered to vote by clicking here.

Thousands of people who registered to vote within the last year won't automatically be able to vote.

They will need to take extra steps to ensure they can have their say.

That is because the current draft register won't be activated in time for February 8th.

Those currently on the daft register who want to vote will need to apply to be on the supplementary register.

Apply to be on the the supplementary register here.

The form needs to be signed and stamped at a Garda Station, where you will be asked to show ID.

The completed form must be lodged with the Franchise Section of your local council by Wednesday January 22nd.

  • Dublin City Council, Franchise Section, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
  • South Dublin County Council, Franchise Section, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
  • Fingal County Council, Franchise Section, County Hall, Main St, Swords.
  • Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, Franchise Section, County Hall, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire.

If you will be out of the country on February 8th, you can apply for a postal vote here.

Three youth groups have launched a campaign to encourage younger people to register to vote.

Spunout.ie, the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland are driving the message.

Ian Power from Spunout.ie is asking people to "look into the people who are going to form the next Dail".

"As much as you might not like party politics itself, those are the people that are going to end up making the decisions about your life".

"Really you can't stand by and watch things happen, you have to get involved", he said.

Politicians right across the country have already launched into intense campaigning for votes.

Crime, homelessness and childcare have been among the big concerns for voters so far.

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