Eligible voters: Electoral register

Wed, Oct 17, 2012, 01:00

* POTENTIAL VOTERS who are not on the register of electors and who wish to vote in the upcoming children’s rights referendum have until next Tuesday, October 23rd, to be included on the supplementary register.

* Forms are available from checktheregister.ieand from local authorities across the State.

* Every Irish citizen over 18 and ordinarily resident in the State is eligible to vote, making up an electorate of an estimated 3.1 million people.

* The application for inclusion in the register must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a garda from the local station who must be satisfied as to the person’s identity.

* The forms must be returned to local authorities by close of business on the 23rd.

* Voting will take place on Saturday November 10th and polls will be open from 9am to 10pm, a reduction in the traditional number of hours.

* According to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, the reduction will save the State more than €600,000. The Saturday poll will also mean that closure of schools throughout the State will be avoided.

* In advance of voting, literature will be circulated by the Referendum Commission explaining the contents of the amendment and its wording will also be included on polling cards delivered to voters homes.

* On the day of the vote, wording on the ballot paper will simply ask “Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012?”