Monday 19 February 2018

Rain could reduce voter turnout - and even affect outcome of election

Bad weather may have an adverse affect on turnout for the election
Bad weather may have an adverse affect on turnout for the election
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Bad weather expected on Friday could mean a low turnout - and affect the outcome of the General Election.

Early forecasts are predicting wet and unsettled weather for polling day.

Maynooth University's Dr Adrian Kavanagh has warned that unpleasant weather has affected previous votes.

"In 2002 I remember it was an awful day and it was the lowest turnout that we had in the history of the State," he said.

"It was lashing the whole day and people thought 'Fianna Fáil have this in the bag, so what is the point?'

"The weather might stop the people who are not that pushed, the people who might walk to the polling station if it is a lovely day." He said the divorce referendum in 1995 was also hit by poor weather. "That day, the weather in the west was bad - but it was not as bad in the east, so there is a theory that the weather decided that vote."

Irish Independent

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