More than 1,500 people in Kilkenny have been added to the supplementary register in recent weeks in the build-up to the Carlow-Kilkenny By-election and two Referenda.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has said that 1,518 people in this county were added to the supplementary ahead of the deadline earlier in the month. The group is now calling on young people to ensure they cast their vote.
James Doorley, NYCI deputy director, welcomed the news of the additional registrations.
“Now, however, the focus must turn to getting out the vote,” he said.
“There are almost 400,000 18 to 25 year olds in Ireland. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging this cohort in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday, May 22.
“Over 3.1 million citizens have the right to vote in these referendums and with some results, as we saw in the divorce referendum in 1995 which was decided by only 9,000 votes, each vote will count.”
The NYCI been working to increase the number of young people on the register for the past number of Referenda and elections.
Local organisations, such as Ossory Youth, along with volunteers, have played a role in recent weeks. Loreto student Amy McGourty also championed a young voter registration drive.
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.