Check before the referendum - Number of people find they have been removed from electoral register

More than half a million young people are being advised to check that they are registered to vote in the abortion referendum.

That includes 122,000 who have turned 18 since the last general election.

May 8 is the deadline for Local Authorities to receive an application to be entered on the register of electors for the referendum. The closing date for Local Authorities to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the Postal or Special voters list for the referendum is Saturday, April 28. Executive Director Ian Power says it is important that everyone checks, even if they have voted before.

Mr Power said: "A number of people checking the register in the last few weeks have reported to us that they have been removed.

"That can often happen as local authorities attempt to clean the registers between elections and referendums, so we are just advising everyone to check just to make sure, so that if they have been removed for any reason, or if they have changed their address, that they can do that."

A 'Repeal Mobile' will start touring the country today to get students ready for the referendum.

The two-week roadshow, organised by the Union of Students in Ireland, will begin at Maynooth University as part of the campaign for a Yes vote on May 25.

The USI says the 'Repeal Mobile' will visit campuses across the country to educate and inform students about the effect the Eighth Amendment has had on Irish people.

USI President, Michael Kerrigan, said: “We’re confident that students will flood the ballot boxes, and knock on every door. This roadshow is all about making sure students are ready to vote ‘Yes’ on May 25th to remove the Eighth Amendment.

"We’re going to be educating students on the damages the Eighth Amendment has had on Irish people, and about the opportunities, students have to vote for a caring and compassionate future for them to live in.”

“It’s time people who are pregnant were allowed to make their own decisions with their doctors right here in Ireland, instead of having to going abroad.”

Mr Kerrigan added: “Students have campaigned for abortion rights for decades, and we’re not stopping now. We will make Ireland a more progressive, respectful and caring place for everyone, and students will be leading the charge.”

- Digital Desk

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