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Garda stations were jammed with students registering to vote yesterday

Eligible voters have less than a week left to sign up.

STUDENTS QUEUED OUTSIDE garda stations in a number of locations across the country yesterday to register for voting in the upcoming general election.

NUI Galway, Maynooth and IT Tralee students turned out to have their supplementary forms signed as part of a Union of Student in Ireland (USI) voter registration drive.

The union claims to have registered over 80,000 students over the past two years.

Now that the election has been called, eligible voters have until Tuesday to apply to be included in a supplement to the register.

Any Irish or British citizen who has turned 18 by the day of polling is able to cast a ballot.

The application form must be signed and stamped by a garda before being submitted to a local city or county council.

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“We expect the student vote to be a powerful contributor to the outcome of the general election,” Kevin Donoghue of the USI said.

Students will vote for parties who prioritise education by increasing student support and grants, and who reduce the registration fee.

The union will be working with gardaí to register students at DIT campuses at Kevin Street, Aungier Street and Bolton Street from 10am today.

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