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Vote in the Referendum – 8th March 2024

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According to NYCI up to 700,000 young people aged 18-29 in Ireland are eligible to vote, but some are not on the electoral register and unable to vote if an election or referendum is held.

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Referendum, 8th March 2024.

On 8 March 2024, Irish citizens will be asked to vote in two referendums to change our Constitution. The Electoral Commission is responsible for explaining each referendum proposal in an independent and impartial way. They provide independent information on their webpage, leading up to the vote.

Previous referendums that have resulted in changes to the Irish Constitution include the legalisation of same-sex marriage, recognition of the rights of the child,  the abolition of the death penalty.

If you have any questions about voting in the upcoming Referendum, you can chat online to a Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

The Irish Constitution sets out how Ireland should be governed and the rights of Irish citizens.

Amendments to the Constitution of Ireland are only possible by way of referendum.

A referendum is where voters choose to approve or reject a proposed changes to the Constitution by marking  ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the change.

You must be an Irish citizen.
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must be registered to vote.

The first Referendum concerns the concept of Family in the Constitution

The second Referendum proposes to replace an existing part of the Constitution with new text recognising care provided by family members to each other.

You have two separate votes on whether you wish to make the proposed changes to the current text of Article 41 of the Constitution.

 

On Friday 8th March 2024 there will be two referendums:

Family Amendment:

This amendment is about Article 41 of the Constitution which states the important place that the family based on marriage has in Irish society and how it must be protected.

This Family referendum asks if you think that changes should be made to Article 41 of the Constitution to include, not only the family based on marriage but also the family based on other lasting relationships.

YES X:   If you want to change Article 41 of the Constitution to include not only the family based on marriage but also the family based on other lasting relationships then vote YES.

NO X : If you want Article 41 of the Constitution to stay the same and continue to include the family based on marriage then vote NO

This Ballot Paper will be white.

 

Care Amendment:

Article 41 of the Constitution says that the life of women in the home is an important support to Ireland. It also says that mothers should not have to go out to work for money reasons if this would remove them from their duties in the home.

This amendment is asking if the way the Constitution talks about the life of women and duties of mothers in the home should be taken out. Instead, the Constitution would talk about care by family members to each other.

YES X :  If you want the Constitution to change so that it talks about how the care given by family members to each other is an important support to Ireland then vote YES.

NO X :  If you want the Constitution to stay the same and to continue to talk about how the life of women and duties of mothers in the home is an important support to Ireland then vote NO.

This Ballot Paper will be green.

Electoral Commission has produced useful Information Booklets

Why vote in a Referendum?

  • Your Future: Don’t put the control of your world into the hands of someone else.
  • Your Country: Changes to the constitution can affect the rights of citizens including YOU, therefore you should know what those changes are.
  • Your Issue: A referendum gives you a chance to vote directly on a specific issue.
  • Your Voice: Let them know if you agree or disagree

How to decide which way to vote?

In the run up to a referendum, it can feel like an information overload. It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when choosing how to vote.

Before you decide how to vote:

  • Check your facts!! Do your own research! Ask your own questions!!
  • Know what your values and priorities are.
  • Research what each side of the debate stands for and compare their values and priorities to yours.
  • Visit the Electoral Commission website.

Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is responsible for explaining each referendum proposal in an independent and impartial way. They will provide independent information on their website leading up to the vote.

Voting at polling stations.

If you have any questions about voting in the Referendum, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

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