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Can I vote in the upcoming referendums?

Irish citizens are being asked to vote in two referendums on Friday 8 March.

One is on care in the home, the other is on the definition of family.

The Electoral Commission has described the referendums as ‘complex‘.

We have already talked about what a referendum is, but do you know if you are eligible to vote in these referendums?

For any vote, a person needs to be aged 18 or over, an Irish citizen, and registered to vote.

If you are unsure whether you can take part, visit If you just want to make sure you are on the Register of Electors, all you need is your name and address.

If you want to register, you will also need your PPS number and date of birth.

There is not much time left to register to vote though. Applications to register to vote or the change any details must be with the relevant local authority by Tuesday, 20 February.

The deadline for postal and special voting arrangements has already ended.

Once you are registered to vote, and you meet eligibility criteria for voting in a referendum, a polling card will be posted to your address before polling day.

Ireland’s Electoral Commission states the importance of making sure you can vote and for casting your ballot.

“Voting gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life and the future of our country,” it states.

“If you don’t vote, others will make the decisions for you.”

Watch our video for a really simple guide on making sure you can vote.

Video by Eleanor Mannion and Mary Regan

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