Use Your Vote Today – Call by the Referendum Commission

Whichever side you’re on, the Referendum Commission has urged voters to use their votes in today’s referendum. Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and will remain open up to 10pm tonight. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Referendum Commission has called on voters to use their vote in the referendum taking place today, Friday, May 25th. Polling stations are open since early morning and will remain open until 10pm tonight.

An Independent Body

The Commission, which is the independent body set up to explain the proposal of the referendum and promote voter turnout, encourages voters who are unsure about their decision to turn to its independent guide and its website (click on the address below) for unbiased facts about the Referendum proposal on the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy.

Inform Yourself

Speaking ahead of voting day the Chairperson of the Referendum Commission, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said: “The Referendum Commission does not campaign for a yes or a no vote, but we do strongly urge you to inform yourself and to use your vote.  How you vote on this issue is entirely a matter for you to decide, but it is important that you take the opportunity to use your vote.”

Electoral Register

Voters should normally receive a polling card in the post before polling day, telling them at which polling station they should cast their vote. If you are on the electoral register but don’t receive a polling card you are still entitled to vote. You do not need to have your polling card with you when you go to vote.

Valid Form of Identification

However you should bring some valid form of personal identification such as a driving licence, a passport, public services card, an employee identity card with a photograph, a student identity card with a photograph, a travel document with your name and photograph, or a bank, savings or credit union book containing your address in the constituency.

Polling Stations Open from 7am to 10pm

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on today Friday, May 25th .

In the polling station you will be given a ballot paper.  You vote by marking an ‘X’ in the ‘Yes’ box or ‘No’ box, depending on how you want to vote.

The Referendum Commission Guide can be viewed on its website at 


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