On Friday, 26th October Ireland is holding a Referendum on whether or not to remove the word ‘blasphemous’ from Article 40.6.1 of the Irish Consitution. You’ll also be asked who you want as Ireland’s next President, you can read about that here.
Why Should I Vote?
Voting is one of the most important way to make your voice heard. Voting gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life. If you don’t Vote Others will make the decisions for you! People have fought and died for the right to vote and self determination. The right of women to vote in Ireland was only granted in 1922 just over 80 years ago! Your Vote is Your Voice and by Voting you can hold politicians accountable. Democracy and Voting matter and your say is important!
Who Can Vote in a Referendum?
To vote in a referendum, you must be an Irish citizen; you must be at least 18 years old and you must be registered to vote.
Are you Registered to Vote?
You can check whether you are registered to vote here. Even if you are not on the register, if you have voted before, then in all probability you will be able to vote.
Where Do you Vote?
You can vote at a polling station near your home address, but there are some exceptions – for example, you may qualify to be on the Postal Voters list or the Special Voters List.
The Proposed Change
The Polling Station
Bring your polling card (if you have one) and ID (passport/drivers licence) as you may be asked for it. Head straight for the desk to be identified and marked off the register.
You are then handed a ballot paper. The question on the ballot paper will be:
If you approve you mark X in the box beside YES, if you don’t approve you mark X in hte box beside NO.
If you don’t know anything about the referendum and aren’t sure about how you are going to vote you can get unbiased information on it here. You can also google it and read the countless articles about it!
What Happens Next?
Immediately after voting you will experience a sensation known as ‘smug adult’. It’s symptoms are a slight case of superiority and a general sense that you might just have your sh*t together. It’s even better if you get one of those ‘I voted’ stickers because it lets other people know how brilliant you are.
This will wear off when you realise you’ve been walking around all day with toilet paper stuck to your shoe or that your phone has been cut off because you went out out instead of paying your bill.
What Happens After That Though?
The count will happen on Saturday, 27th October and most likely we’ll have the result later that day.