Tuesday 24 October 2017

#RockTheRegister trends online as USI attempt to register 10,000 new voters in 24 hours

Campaign has already signed up 2,500 new voters across 24 college campuses

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

USI have launched their 'Rock The Register' campaign as they aim to sign up 10,000 new young voters in 24 hours.

The Union of Students in Ireland are aiming to sign up 10,000 new student voters in 24 hours to show the government that students are a force to be reckoned with.

The USI is hoping the public show of political interest will spur the government into action on student support grants, student assistance funding and student accommodation issues. They are also calling on the government to reduce the €3,000 registration fee.

24 USI campuses are taking part in the initiative, which has already netted 2,500 new voters.

USI President Kevin Donoghue said that the new voters "will be voting for politicians who have their educational interests in mind", and that the recent marriage referendum had ignited a political passion in students across the country.

"The cost of living for students is €11,000 per year, which means college courses can cost between €33,000 and €77,000".

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