A MARGINAL ‘YES’ AND A RESOUNDING ‘NO’

29 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THE 56,000-plus voters in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency who went to the polls last Friday in the two Referendums gave marginal support for the Marriage Equality proposal, but overwhelmingly rejected the proposal for a reduction in the age for Presidential candidates.

There was a turn-out of 57.2 per cent in the constituency which had a total electorate of 99,265.

With a valid poll of 56,257 in the Marriage Equality Referendum, there were 517 spoiled votes, while the valid poll in the Presidential Age Referendum was higher, at 56,766, despite 602 spoiled votes in a total of 56,766 ballot papers marked on that particular issue.

The ‘Yes’ votes in the Marriage Equality Referendum totaled 28,494 while the “No” votes cast were 27,763. This reflected a marginal win of just 50.65 per cent over 49.35 per cent, in the border constituency.

In the Presidential Age decider, only 14,167 voters in Cavan/Monaghan favoured a reduction in the age for Presidential candidates from 35 to 21, equivalent to 25.22 per cent, while some 41,997 voters (74.78 per cent) rejected the proposal.

Voting on Friday was ….

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