Limerick set to go to the polls for referendums

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Polls open between 7am and 10pm on Frday
TENS of thousands of people are set to go to the polls across Limerick this Friday for the referendums on Marriage Equality and the Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President.

TENS of thousands of people are set to go to the polls across Limerick this Friday for the referendums on Marriage Equality and the Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President.

Almost 300 polling booths across the city and county will open between 7am and 10pm with the votes being counted on Saturday.

More than 60,000 people are entitled to vote in both the Limerick City and Limerick constituencies and as existing Dail boundaries will apply for the referendums, almost 11,000 people living in parts of West Limerick will be entitled to vote in the North Kerry / Limerick West constituency.

Following the conclusion of campaigning and given the broadcast moratorium all attention will turn to voter turnout on Friday.

Voters in Limerick have voted in favour of the last three amendments to the constitution with turnouts of between 32% and 39% on each occasion.

Following the closure of polling stations on Friday night, the ballot boxes will be transferred under garda escort to the UL Arena where they will be kept overnight.

Ballot papers will be sorted by count staff from 9am on Saturday with the counting of the votes expected to get underway by 11am.

Local returning officer Pat Wallace has confirmed the votes cast in the Marriage Equality referendum will be counted first with a result expected by early afternoon.

However, it will not become clear how Limerick voted until the national results are announced later in the day by the national returning officer at Dublin Castle.

Votes cast in the North Kerry / Limerick West constituency will be counted in Tralee.

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