Pub­lic re­moved from reg­is­ter get ‘no vote’



PROB­LEMS WITH the elec­toral reg­is­ter need to be ironed out as some peo­ple who had voted for years had been re­moved from the reg­is­ter ac­cord­ing to some coun­cil­lors.

Cllr. John Brady raised con­cerns about the reg­is­ter say­ing ‘ the amount of peo­ple who found them­selves with­out a vote on Fe­bru­ary 25 was ter­ri­ble. I got a cou­ple of dozen phone calls and these peo­ple had been get- ting elec­tion ma­te­rial but when they went to cast their vote they were told they had been re­moved from the reg­is­ter. We are deal­ing with about 1,000 peo­ple across the county. It has caused a mas­sive amount of con­fu­sion.'

He said that as ev­ery­one had a PPS num­ber from when they were born and there should a way to link the reg­is­ter in with this.

Cllr. Irene Win­ters said she too had re­ceived calls from peo­ple who were un­able to vote. 'It is un­for­tu­nate that peo­ple have been dis­en­fran­chised'. She sug­gested that com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the elec­toral reg­is­ter should be per­son­ally ad­dressed to vot­ers and the en­ve­lope should have 'your vote is at risk' writ­ten on it to high­light its im­por­tance.

Cllr. Ge­orge Jones said '’egis­ter has al­ways been ap­palling even though the Depart­ment do spend a lot of money on ad­ver­tis­ing. We should look at it again and we need to have a look at the com­po­si­tion of the new reg­is­ter.'

Cllr. Nicky Kelly said ‘we are never go­ing to have a full reg­is­ter un­less we do like Cllr. Brady said and do it au­to­mat­i­cally'.

Cllr. Mick Glynn said ‘ the reg­is­ter seems to be a mess and you can see that by the amount of peo­ple who went on the sup­ple­men­tary reg­is­ter.'

Cllr. Pat Do­ran said ‘a lot of peo­ple don't fill out the forms be­cause they have been vot­ing all their lives at their ad­dress.'

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