Jean and Billy Fitzpatrick outside the Holy Family School in Portlaoise after they had voted.
Voting had picked up in Laois has picked up on General Election day after a slow start hitting nearly 20% in two stations.
The latest turnout percentage taken around lunch from a selection of stations is as follow:
Portlaoise Rural 17.8%
Portlaoise Urban 8.3%
Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight.