Saturday 3 December 2016

Fancy giving a lift this Friday? UCD SU organising mass carpool to get students home to vote

David Kearns

Published 25/02/2016 | 11:40

Anyone can sign up to offer a lift ahead of Friday's election
Anyone can sign up to offer a lift ahead of Friday's election

As thousands prepare to trek home to vote this Friday, UCD are hoping some students might be willing to give their classmates a lift.

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The university’s student union is attempting to organise a huge carpool for those who can not make it back to their registered constituency to cast their ballot.

To sweeten the deal, the Union is offering anyone “sound enough” to offer others a lift a chance to win the cost of their petrol, encouraging those taking part to upload a video or photo to the event’s Facebook page.

“We’d love to see a few of the participants try out carpool karaoke!,” quips the UCD SU.

“Voter turnout will be incredibly important in this election, especially for social issues like housing, college fees, youth suicide, sexual consent and abortion.

“We’ve got to help each other get home to vote so that our voices are heard.”

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Posted by UCD Students' Union on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Union continues: “Student turnout for marriage equality on May 22nd broke all records and helped make Ireland a better, more tolerant place in the process.

“If we head to the polling stations in similar numbers for the general election on February 26th, we can make a huge change to several important social issues for young people in Ireland.”

It is thought that students' unions across the country have helped register over 80,000 new voters ahead of the general election.

Anyone interested in giving a lift this Friday to UCD students can sign up here.

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