Referendum 2024: Here's what you need to know

Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and will close at 10pm tonight
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.09 8 Mar 2024

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Referendum 2024: Here's what y...

Referendum 2024: Here's what you need to know

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.09 8 Mar 2024

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Voting is continuing in Ireland's two constitutional referendums.

Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and will close at 10pm tonight.


Turnout is said to be slow so far in many areas.

Voters are being  given two ballot papers - a white ballot paper for the Family Amendment and a green paper for the Care Amendment.

What am I voting on?

The first amendment would amend Article 41 to "provide for a wider concept of Family" in the Constitution.

It would change the wording around the family so that the Constitution no longer states that the family is founded on marriage.

Instead, the State would be obliged to recognise the family as being "founded on marriage or on other durable relationships".

The second - the Care Amendment - asks voters if they wish to delete two constitutional articles, one that refers a woman's "life within the home" and the other to her 'duties in the home'.

Should they vote yes, a new provision about carers will be inserted, which will say that the State will recognise "that the provision of care, by members of a family to one another by reason of the bonds that exist among them, gives to society a support without which the common good cannot be achieved".

What do I need?

Polling cards sent out to every households have information about which polling station you are registered to vote at.

You will need to show a valid form of photo identification and proof of your address if you don't have a polling card.

A polling card is not a valid form of ID.

The following documents can be used to prove identity:

  • A passport (either passport card or passport book)
  • A driving licence
  • A workplace identity card (which must have a photograph)
  • A student identity card (which must have a photograph)
  • A travel document (which must have a photograph)
  • A Public Services Card
  • A bank or credit union account book with your name and address in the constituency

If you do not have any of the documents listed above, you can use one of the following, along with evidence of your address in the constituency:

  • A cheque book or card
  • A credit card
  • A birth or marriage certificate

Voters should simply put an 'X in either the 'Yes' or 'No' box on the paper, then fold it and place it in the ballot box.


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Who can vote?

Irish citizens aged 18 or older and who are registered to vote can cast a ballot today.

Those who are living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution and have a disability or illness that prevents them from getting to a polling station, you can vote at the hospital or nursing home if you are on the Special Voters List.

Voters with disabilities at polling stations can have a companion go with them or receive assistance from the presiding officer.

Those with visual impairments can request a tactile ballot paper template.

Main image: A sign for a polling station, 24-5-19. Image: Sam Boal /

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