4,000 people joined the voting register in recent weeks

An estimated 4,000 people in Wicklow have signed up to the supplementary register in the run up to the upcoming abortion referendum.

Wicklow County Council estimates the number of people on the voting register now sits close to 101,000.

Social Democrats Councillor Jennifer Whitmore, who ran a number voter registration drives in recent weeks, has expressed her delight at the number of Wicklow residents that registered to vote in recent last number of weeks.

Cllr. Whitmore said “I am delighted to see so many people, including many first time voters, engage with the democratic process and sign up to register. Regardless of your views on the upcoming referendum, it is really important that people get out to vote. It’s the first time in 35 years that we’ve had an opportunity for a say on this important issue.

Whitmore also praised the work of Wicklow County Council: “The Franchise team in Wicklow County Council, led by Anne Marie Roberts, have done stellar work in getting so many people registered and really going out of their way to help people – they even enabled people to scan their forms and email them to Council offices on the final day.

“They were the first County Council in the country to do so and this made a big difference to people that might have missed the closing date otherwise.”

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