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Referendum – Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage) Bill 2016

Published on Friday, 12 Apr 2019
Minister Eoghan Murphy

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has today made an order appointing Friday 24 May, 2019 as the polling day at the referendum on the proposal for the amendment of the Constitution contained in the Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage) Bill 2016.

Polling will take place between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. The total electorate currently stands at some 3.3 million. “Whatever your views are on the proposals in the referendum, can I take this opportunity to encourage voters to go to their polling station during this 15 hour period on 24 May and have your say in the outcome of the referendum”, the Minister said.

To vote in the referendum you must be an Irish citizen who meets the qualifying conditions, including a requirement to be 18 years or over on polling day and ordinarily resident at the address at which you want to register.  If you are on the register and have moved address recently, you may apply to get on the supplement at your new address. 

Eligible voters who are not on the register and wish to vote at the referendum should complete a supplement application form, which is available from City, County or City and County Councils (these are the registration authorities) and online at www.checktheregister.ie. Completed forms must be received by the registration authority for the area in which you reside by Tuesday 7 May, 2019.

If a person is eligible to vote by post, or is unable to vote in person due to a physical illness or physical disability and is resident in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution, and they are not on the Postal Voters List or Special Voters List, as appropriate, they can apply up to Sunday 28 April 2019 for inclusion in the supplements to those lists. Application forms are available from City, County or City and County Councils.

The Minister has appointed Barry Ryan, a Principal Officer in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, to be the referendum returning officer for the referendum.

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