The Together for Yes campaign have today launched their #Register4Yes voter registration drive to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote in next month’s 8th amendment vote, ahead of the deadline of May 8th.
The nationwide awareness campaign will run for two weeks and will involve Together for Yes canvasses and information stalls across the country encouraging people to register to vote and to check that their details are correct on ChecktheRegister.ie.
There are 122,000 young people who have turned 18 since the last general election who are eligible to vote. 466,000 young people between the ages of 18-25 are currently eligible to vote in Ireland if they are registered.
Any person who turns 18 before the referendum on May 25th is also eligible to register in advance of the deadline.
Laura Harmon, Together for Yes Mobilisation Team Lead 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 8th so that they can vote Yes on May 25th.’’
Annie Hoey, Together for Yes Canvassing Coordinator said: ‘‘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.’’