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More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum

Ryan Nugent

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

Laura Harmon, president of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne and Glen Fitzpatrick of USI launch ‘VoterMotor’, a campaign to get the student vote out for Friday’s referendum
Laura Harmon, president of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne and Glen Fitzpatrick of USI launch ‘VoterMotor’, a campaign to get the student vote out for Friday’s referendum

More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum in recent times, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said.

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As it launched a car-pooling initiative for students to get home to vote on Friday, the USI said the majority of students were united on the issue.

#VoterMotor gives student voters nationwide the opportunity to link up with each other and arrange to travel together to their prospective polling station on May 22.

USI President Laura Harmon said almost 28,000 students were registered to vote directly by the union during the academic year and she believes that students who registered to vote will make sure they visit the polling stations on Friday.

"We weren't hassling students to register to vote. They were coming to us in the colleges and saying they wanted to register. I think this has galvanised the whole student movement," she said.

"There is a real determination to vote for equality. I think we'll see much bigger numbers than at some of the recent referendums," Ms Harmon added.

Friday is currently expected to be mainly dry.

Irish Independent

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