'We’re not finished yet' - almost 27,000 students register to vote ahead of abortion referendum
ALMOST 27,000 students have registered to vote ahead of the abortion referendum and their representative union has said, "we're not finished yet."
As Ireland prepares to vote on whether to remove the Eight Amendment - which give equal rights to the mother and foetus - the Union of Students has helped thousands of their members to register.
The USI, which represents 374,000 third-level students, is a pro-choice organisation and a member of the Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment.
USI President Michael Kerrigan said he thinks it's key that young people have their say on the divisive issue.
Mr Kerrigan said: “We’re not surprised to see so many new students registering to vote, it’s clear students want to vote on this issue.
“Our campaign is all about ensuring students are registered to vote and encouraging them to vote ‘Yes’ on May 25 to remove the Eighth Amendment for a more caring and compassionate Ireland.
“We have already registered over 18,000 students in semester one, with Students’ Unions registering a further 8000 new voters in the last three weeks.
“With more voter registration drives to go, we expect this number to rise. We’re not finished yet.”
The USI registered 18,000 people who have never voted between September and November last year.
Tuesday is the last day that Local Authorities are accepting applications for entry to the register of electors for the referendum and Mr Kerrigan said the USI is on hand to help anyone who has any queries.
He said: “Students can go onto www.checktheregister.ie and see if they are registered to vote. All students have to do is fill out the RFA2 forms found on www.checktheregister.ie, get your local Garda to stamp the form, and post the form to your local County Council.
“Forms must be sent off before Friday because of the Bank Holiday Monday, otherwise, you will have to physically drop your form in.”
For more information, please visit usi.ie/voterreg/.