THE referendum ballot papers are causing confusion among some voters, particularly the elderly, Independent.ie has learned.
And there is also some concern over what the Yes and No vote means.
A number of polling station clerks have told Independent.ie this morning that voters are not clear which paper is for Seanad abolition and which paper is for the Court of Appeal.
Some voters are also unclear whether a Yes vote on the Seanad means Yes to abolition or Yes to retention.
Meanwhile, voter turnout for the referendum has been described as very sluggish in some areas. In the southwest turnouts are reported as as low as 1pc at some polling stations during the course of the morning.
In both Kerry constituencies, turnout has been described as “extremely low” so far - while the story wasn’t much different in Limerick.
One rural polling station outside Tralee recorded less than 4.5pc turnout while in the Tralee urban area the situation was better with 9pc turnout recorded at some stations so far, while in Listowel voter turnout was just under 10pc at lunchtime.
However, in rural polling stations in the Listowel area, turnout is estimated at around 7pc.
Meanwhile, on the Limerick side of the constituency, Glin in West Limerick has had a 9pc turnout this morning.
In Limerick city, turnout has also been low, not exceeding 10pc at any station.
It is also slow across the south and south-east.
Some voting stations reported turnout single in single digit figures as late as 11am in Mayfield, Knocknaheeny and Blackpool on Cork’s northside.
Voting was marginally stronger in some rural parts of Cork though returning officers admitted that turnout is still likely to be between 18pc and 25pc by lunchtime.
“It has been very slow but that has been the trend with referenda over recent years,” one officer in Mallow said.
Waterford city mirrored Cork in terms of a slow turnout with officers admitting that the traditional 6pm-8pm voter rush will again be crucial.
Some ballot stations in west Waterford reported amongst the lowest morning voter turnouts ever experienced.
In Kilkenny, rural voting stations reported reasonable early morning balloting before a significant slowdown.
Officers stressed that the traditional evening rush to vote will be crucial.