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File photo: Garda Ronan McNamara and presiding officer Hugh O'Donald bring a ballot box to Inishfree for the general election. AP Photo/Peter Morrison/PA Images
Island Voting

Donegal islands take to the polls as campaigns enter final days

Voting on Irish islands typically starts a few days before the rest of the state to allow adequate time for transporting and counting the votes.

VOTING GETS UNDERWAY on the islands off Co Donegal this morning, three days before the mainland heads to the polls.

Ballots typically open on the islands a few days ahead of the mainland to allow adequate time for the votes to be transported and counted.

Islands off counties Mayo and Galway will vote tomorrow and on Wednesday, and Cork islands will vote along with the mainland on Thursday.

The islands of Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory Island take to the polls today, with a total of 761 registered voters between them. Just nine people are registered to vote on Inishfree.

Tomorrow, Clare Island, Inishbiggle an Inishturk take to the polls and have 184 registered voters in total, according to the Department of the Environment.

The Aran Islands (1,008 registered voters) and Inishboffin (169) will vote on Wednesday.

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