Extra 2,000 voters registered in Laois ahead of Eighth Amendment Referendum

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

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Over 2,000 new voters registered in Laois ahead of Eighth Amendment Referendum

Over 2,000 Laois people have been added to the supplementary register ahead of tomorrow’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

People on the supplementary register are those who have only registered to vote since February of this year. 

According to figures from the Department of Housing, this brings the total number of people in Laois registered to vote in Friday’s referendum to 63,654.

Out of a population of 84,697 in Laois according to Census 2016, 75 percent of the county is now on the Register of Electors.

A total of 2,010 people registered to vote in Laois since February and are on the Supplement to the Register of Electors 2018/2019. This is more than twice the number of voters (955) who were on the supplementary register for the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015.

The highest number to register since February 2018 was in Dublin City with 19,805, followed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown with 9,729 and Cork with 9,049 people.

On the other end of the scale the lowest numbers were in Leitrim 670, Roscommon 708 and Longford 841.

In comparison to Laois, the number on the supplementary register in Offaly is 1704, in Kildare is 7413, in Carlow 1456, and 2817 in Kilkenny.

In November 2017, the National Youth Council of Ireland said that up to 2393 young people in Laois may not have been on electoral register at the time.

The Union of Students of Ireland may have played a role in the increasing numbers of Laois people registering to vote. The Student’s Union registered 26,979 new student voters in the in the lead up to the referendum.

Anyone who turned 18 on or before February 15, 2018 was eligible to register to vote in tomorrow’s referendum.

May 8, 2018 was the closing date for Laois County Council to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the register of electors for the referendum.

An additional 118,389 people have been added to the supplementary register nationwide ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

This is a huge increase on the number added ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015 when almost 66,000 people were added to the register.

Overall, more than 3.2 million people are now registered to vote in tomorrow’s referendum.

Full list of numbers county by county on the supplementary register.

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