This is a sample ballot paper to vote on lowering the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21.
If you agree that people under 35 should be allowed to be a candidate in presidential elections, vote YES
If you want to keep the current rule that only people aged over 35 are eligible as candidates for presidential elections, vote NO
This is a sample ballot paper to vote on the Marriage Equality Bill.
If you agree that civil marriage should be allowed between same sex couples as well as opposite sex couples, vote Yes
If you want to keep the current rule that civil marriage is only allowed between a man and a woman, vote NO
- The Referendum is your chance to decide what kind of country you live in
The Irish Constitution is basically a rule book on how Ireland is governed. It sets out values, rights and priorities for our country. Ireland is one of few countries where changes to the Constitution can only be made with the approval of the people (through a referendum). In many countries, politicians decide, not the people. Take advantage of the power you have.
- Every Vote Counts
When you vote, your vote then combines with the others who share the same views as yourself to create a voice. The more like-minded votes, the louder the voice!
Vote and have your say — It is your future after all!
There are sixty-nine countries in the world where men and women cannot vote.
Two countries allow men to vote but not women: Saudi Arabia and Vatican City.
Ireland 1918: Women over 30 who owned property were allowed to vote
Ireland 1921: Women were given equal voting rights to men
U.S.A. 1965: The Voting Rights Act was passed which allowed black men and women to vote without legal or financial restrictions.