03 NO FEE Trinity Seanad ElectionVoters should contact Trinity College to get their ballot papers resent


“Almost 10,000 Seanad ballot papers have been returned to Trinity College as a result of failed deliveries”, Independent Senator Power has revealed.


She has released a short video (online at http://bit.ly/reclaimyourvote) explaining how voters can reclaim their ballot papers.


As a candidate in the TCD Seanad election, Senator Power became concerned after voters told her they still hadn’t received their ballot papers two weeks after they were due to have been posted out. Trinity College has since confirmed to her that 9,480 undelivered ballot papers have been returned to them.


“Many people were away over Easter”, Senator Power said. “They returned to find a note that An Post had sent their ballot papers back to Trinity as they hadn’t been home to sign for them. Others have discovered that their votes were posted to old addresses they haven’t lived at in years.


“As a result, one in six TCD Seanad voters will be unable to take part in the election unless they contact the college and get their ballot papers re-issued.


“To get their votes back, Trinity graduates should email academic.registry@tcd.ie or call 01 8964500.


“Trinity College will re-issue undelivered ballot papers on request, either to the same address or to an updated one. Voters must then return their completed ballots by post before 11am on 26th April”, Senator Power advised.


While calling again for reform of the Seanad electoral process, she urged all Trinity and NUI graduates to use their votes. “Failure to reform the Seanad means only a tiny proportion of the population can vote in this election. This is wrong and must be changed. However, in the meantime, those who have the privilege of a Senate vote should make their voices heard”, she concluded.






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