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The turnout for the Eighth referendum is higher than the same-sex marriage vote

In 2015, 61% of the electorate cast their vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

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THE TURNOUT FOR the Eighth Amendment referendum has surpassed that of the same-sex marriage referendum.

Yesterday, 2,159,655 people turned out to vote in the referendum, which is a voter turnout of 64.13%. Over 1,429,981 voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, with 732,632 against the proposal.

The same-sex marriage referendum, held in 2015, had a 61% turnout, while the referendum to abolish the Seanad saw 39% of the electorate casting their vote.

Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election. There are 3,367,556 Irish citizens who were entitled to vote in this referendum.

The constituencies with the highest turnouts were Wicklow (74.5%), Dublin Bay North (71.6%), Dublin Fingal (70.3%), Dublin Rathdown (70.1%), Dun Laoghaire (68.5%), Wexford (66.3%), and Cork South-Central (66.7%).

The constituency with the lowest turnout was Dublin Central at 51.52%.

Other referendum turnouts

The children’s rights referendum in 2012 had a turnout of 34%.

The highest turnout in any referendum was for the 1972 question on joining the European Economic Community when 70.1% turned up to vote.

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