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Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda

The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.

Image: PETER MORRISON/AP/Press Association Images

POLLS HAVE OPENED across the country as the over three million eligible voters are being asked to decide the fate of the Seanad and whether to set up a new Court of Appeal.

The 32nd and 33rd amendments to the Constitution are being decided today with around 6,000 polling stations across the State opening right now and staying open until 10pm tonight.

The 32nd Amendment of the Constitution concerns the abolition of the Seanad with voters being asked if they want to retain or abolish the upper house.

Meanwhile, the 33rd Amendment of the Constitution concerns the establishment of a new Court of Appeal between the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Every Irish citizen who is 18 and over and is included in the register of electors is entitled to vote in the two referenda with the total current electorate standing at around 3.1 million people.

The results of the two votes will be known tomorrow with ballot boxes being opened at 9am. The result is likely to be known at sometime in the mid-morning or early afternoon.

Need to know: Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

Explainer: What is the Court of Appeal Referendum all about?

Read: Let’s figure this out – what’s the real plural of referendum?

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