Eligible young voters urged to register before Tuesday deadline

Eligible Young Voters Urged To Register Before Tuesday Deadline
Tuesday, February 20th is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming referendums. Photo: PA Images
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Rebecca Black, PA

All eligible young voters have been urged to register to ensure they can participate in upcoming referendums.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has made the call ahead of the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming referendums on Tuesday, February 20th.


Two referendums are to be held on March 8th to amend the Constitution.

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Voters will head to the polls on March 8th to vote in two referendums to amend the Constitution (PA)

The first vote is on whether the Constitution should be changed to extend the definition of family beyond only those based on marriage to include “durable” relationships.


The second is on whether to delete a reference to the role and duties of women in the home and replace it with a new article placing an obligation on the State “to strive to support” the provision of care by families.

“Ireland’s youth population is growing, and there are over 730,000 young people aged 18 to 29 eligible to register to vote in Ireland,” NYCI’s director of policy and advocacy Paul Gordon said.

“This represents almost one in five of those of voting age in Ireland.”



“With significant elections and referendums on the horizon in 2024, young people are part of a cohort that could prove hugely influential. It’s important to ensure no young person misses the opportunity to participate.

“With the advent of online voter registration, engaging in the electoral process has never been more straightforward.”


For those unsure whether they are registered, the NYCI advises that they check online at checktheregister.ie.

For those not yet registered, the process can now be completed online at the same site. You will need to provide your PPSN, date of birth and Eircode.

The NYCI provides further information and FAQs for first-time voters on its website.

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