Do you want to vote? Just 24 hours left to register for General Election 2016
Published 08/02/2016 | 11:20
There is just 24 hours left to register to vote in the upcoming General Election.
A total of 59,000 young people turned 18 since last year and will have the right to vote in their first election at the end of the month.
If you want to register, a registration form must be filled out, stamped at a Garda station and returned to their local authority before close of business tomorrow.
Therefore, today is the last day to fill out that form if you need to post it to your local authority.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is making a final call on young people nationwide to make sure they are registered to vote.
“We are especially anxious to ensure that the 59,000 young people who have turned 18 in the last 12 months are included in the electoral register and can exercise their democratic right," NYCI deputy director James Doorley said.
“Excellent work was done last year to get young people on the electoral register, especially since NYCI published our study in September 2014 showing that 30pc of 18 to 25 year olds were not registered.
"However, with over 59,000 young people nationwide turning 18 in the last 12 months, we need to work continually to ensure all are registered," Mr Doorley continued.
“For almost every election we get calls from young people who have missed the registration deadline and are disappointed that they cannot vote.
"We urge young people to make sure they are registered and not to leave it to the last minute, so that they can vote in the upcoming General Election."
If you are not currently registered, you can do so by downloading and filling in the RFA2 form at www.checktheregister.ie.