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Saturday is the last day to get on the electoral register

The push was on because we are due a referendum next year – but with talk of a possible election on the way, it’s also an important thing to check.

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SATURDAY IS THE final day to get yourself on the electoral register ahead of a possible incoming general election and number of referendums next year.

A general election is looking more likely by the minute as Fine Gael digs in to support Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, with possible dates for an election mooted for late December to mid January.

Leaving aside the political turmoil, a number of referendums are to be held next year.

It has been decided that the referendum on abortion will be held next summer – most likely in June.

In addition to that vote, seven other referendums which have been well flagged have been given a timeline.

Three referendums are due to be held in late 2018:

  • Referendum on whether Ireland should have directly elected mayors (October)
  • Blasphemy (October)
  • The role of women in the home (October)

Then in June 2019 there will be another three referendums:

  • to extend voting rights to citizens living abroad
  • liberalising Ireland’s divorce laws
  • reducing the voting age to 16

To be eligible to vote, you must satisfy the following criteria:

Age: a person must be at least 18 years of age on the day the register comes into force. Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the register.

Residence: a person must be ordinarily resident at the address at which he/she wishes to be registered.

Citizenship: every adult resident in the state is entitled to be registered, their citizenship determines the type of elections they may vote in.

You can check if you’re on it by logging your details on checktheregister.ie

Application forms for inclusion on the Electoral Register, Special Voters List, Postal Voters List and the amended Electoral Register are available from all local authorities, post offices and public libraries.

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