High turnout reported for Marriage Equality referendum
THE turnout for the Marriage Equality Referendum is higher than a general election in some polling stations.
Referendum’s traditionally have low turnouts but early figures for today’s vote show people are turning out in their masses to cast their vote.
There are reports of people queuing outside polling stations from early in the morning to vote in one of the most historic referendums in the history of the State.
Returning officers have described today’s turnout as “much higher than expected” with one polling station in Kilmacud, South Dublin recording a massive 37pc turnout just after 2pm this afternoon.
Another polling station in Dun Laoghaire saw 31pc of voters cast their vote with more than eight hours left to vote.
One of the highest turnouts in Dublin City was 28.7pc, while the lowest was 17.5pc.
In Dublin, more than 20,000 people had their names added to the electoral register in recent weeks.
In Taoiseach Enda Kenny's hometown of Castlebar Mayo there was a 24pc turnout by 3pm today. Most polling stations in Mayo saw turnout reach above 20pc, according to the latest figures.
In Blackrock, Cork, turnout was 25pc by lunch time, which a council official said is very high for that time of day.
Polling stations are expecting a rush of voters after 6pm when people finish work and return home for the weekend to vote.