VOTING on the 8th Amendment Referendum is well underway in Waterford with turnout steadily increasing as the hours go by across the 170 polling stations in the city and county.
Just over 83,000 people are eligible to vote in Waterford. Some polling stations are already reporting a good turnout. In Waterford City East electoral area, Farronshoneen Youth and Community Centre, which has five booths, reported a 16% turnout as of 11am. This figure is marginally higher than the percentage that turned out by the same time for the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015.
Meanwhile, in Waterford City South electoral area, St Saviours, which is also operating five booths, has reported a busy day so far, with a turnout earlier this morning of 10%. They said a strong number of young people have come out to cast their vote. A steady flow of voters have also been reported in other polling stations.
Returning officer in Waterford Niall Rooney reported a number of changes to polling stations. St Martins Special School, Ballytruckle, re-located to St. John’s Villas, Upper Grange. Tramore GAA Hall, Riverstown, Tramore is now at the Gaelscoil Philib Barun, Crobally Upper in Tramore. Meanwhile, St. John’s College Hall, John’s Hill, has relocated to John’s College Conference Centre, The Folly.
Kilmeaden Village Centre is now based at Ballyduff National School, Booth number three.