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Sunday 17 December 2017

20,000 new voters sign up for vote on marriage

The referendum on gay marriage takes place next year
The referendum on gay marriage takes place next year

MORE than 20,000 students have registered to vote ahead of the Marriage Equality referendum next year.

A push to encourage young voters to sign up to the electoral register was rolled out by the Union of Students in Ireland.

A total of 5,444 students registered across Dublin before the deadline on November 25.

Trinity College recorded the highest number of student sign-ups, with 3,150 recruited.

The campaign in Tallaght IT attracted 700 young people.

Independent senator Katherine Zappone said the large number of students participating in the campaign "shattered the myth" that young people have no interest in politics.

"One of the first opportunities they will have to exercise that right will be during the expected Marriage Equality Referendum, when young voters are expected to be crucial to the outcome," she said.

President of the USI Laura Harmon said that the drive had resulted in 10,000 more new voters than anticipated.

No date has been announced for the 2015 referendum, but already several campaigns have been launched in anticipation of the historic vote.

Another voter drive was spearheaded by the YesEquality campaign.

The campaign garnered support from a number of celebs, including Colin Farrell, Hozier, Angelica Huston, Dara O Briain, Aidan Gillen and TV3's Lorraine Keane.

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