Referendum checklist: Everything you need to know before heading to the polls 1 year ago

Referendum checklist: Everything you need to know before heading to the polls

Polls finally open tomorrow morning.

After months of intense canvassing and debates, tomorrow the nation will finally get the chance to vote on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment of our Constitution.

And while many of you will have decided what way you’re going to vote tomorrow, there are some things to remind yourself of before you head to your polling station.

Here’s everything you need to know before you go to cast your vote.

 

- Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm. That gives you 15 hours to cast your vote.

- Once you are in the doors of your polling station before 10pm, you’re legally allowed to vote but bear in mind that there can be a last-minute rush.

- You should have received your polling card already, but if not, you are still entitled to vote so long as your name is on the register. Just make sure to bring proof of your address.

- You will need to bring some form of ID with your picture on it. Ideally a passport or driving license.

- Make sure you’re not wearing any badges, t-shirts, jumpers or anything that might be considered to promote either a Yes or No vote into the polling station.

- Do not take any pictures or selfies inside the polling station as it may spoil your vote.

- When casting your vote, make sure to mark either the Yes or the No box with an ‘X' and not a tick. Any other markings on your ballot will result in a spoiled vote.

- You will be asked if you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the thirty-sixth amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018.

  • If you want to repeal the Eighth Amendment, then you should place an ‘X’ in the Yes box.
  • If you want to retain the Eighth Amendment, then you should place an ‘X’ in the No box.