“The general election must be held on a Friday or Saturday to ensure young people studying and working away from home can vote,” Independent Senator, and former Student Union President, Averil Power said today.
“The marriage equality referendum saw record numbers of students register to vote,” she said. Â “Holding the referendum on a Friday meant they had an opportunity to travel home and vote. The enthusiasm with which they did so debunked the myth that young people are not interested in politics.
“Having been mobilised by the referendum, young people want to have their voices heard on other issues that affect them as education costs, youth unemployment, rising rents. The majority are also in favour of repealing the 8th amendment and want to support election candidates who support their views.
“Students and other young people want to vote. They must be given the opportunity to do so. Holding the election on a Thursday would deprive many of this opportunity. It must be held on a Friday or Saturday,” Senator Power concluded.