Clock ticking on for 1,000 Laois young people if they want to have a say at election time

National Youth Council of Ireland urges 1,141 to register to vote

Conor Ganly

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Clock ticking on  for 1,000 Laois young people if they want to have a say at election time

More than 1,000 young people in Laois who have turned 18 since last year have just one day to make sure they have the right to vote.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is encouraging young people in Laois to make sure they are registered to vote before the deadline for inclusion on the electoral register on November 25th.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are especially anxious to ensure that the 1,141 young people (in Laois) who have turned 18 in the last 12 months are included in the electoral register and will be in a position to exercise their democratic right to vote should any elections or referendums take place in the coming year.”

Any young person who is 18 years of age on or before February 15th 2017 next is eligible for inclusion in this updated voters list.   

The draft voters list was published on November 1st last and is available at local council offices, post offices, Garda stations and is available online at checktheregister.ie.

The Youth Council says the reality is that the vast majority of young people who turned 18 in the 9 months since the General Election in February 2016 will not be registered to vote.

"If you are not currently registered, you must fill in a RFA1 form and send it to your relevant local authority by November 25th next to be added to the register. This form is available from local county and city councils and available to download at checktheregister.ie,” added Mr Doorley.

“Is it also possible for people already registered who have recently moved address or constituency to change their details and this can be done on the RFA1 form which must also be completed and returned by November 25th next.