4,000 more peo­ple reg­is­ter to vote

Bray People - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of ad­di­tional Wick­low res­i­dents have reg­is­tered to vote ahead of the Ref­er­en­dum on May 25.

Wick­low County Coun­cil has es­ti­mated that ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 ad­di­tional peo­ple have signed up to the sup­ple­men­tary reg­is­ter in the last few weeks. This is on top of the circa 97,000 al­ready on the reg­is­ter.

‘ The fran­chise team in Wick­low County Coun­cil, led by Anne Marie Roberts, have done stel­lar work in get­ting so many peo­ple reg­is­tered and re­ally go­ing out of their way to help peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion, etc,’ said Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more, who has been tak­ing part in a num­ber of voter reg­is­tra­tion drives in north Wick­low along­side mem­bers of the gar­daí and lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

‘They even en­abled peo­ple to scan their forms and email them to coun­cil of­fices on the fi­nal day. They were the first county coun­cil in the coun­try to do so and this made a big dif­fer­ence to peo­ple that might have missed the clos­ing date oth­er­wise.

‘I am de­lighted to see so many peo­ple, in­clud­ing many first-time vot­ers, en­gage with the demo­cratic process and sign up to the reg­is­ter’, said Cllr Whit­more.

‘Re­gard­less of your views on the up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum, it is re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple get out to vote. It’s the first time in 35 years that we’ve had an op­por­tu­nity for a say on this im­por­tant is­sue.’

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