Ireland is the only country that will hold a public vote on the European Fiscal Treaty referendum, set for May 31, and the Ireland Referendum Commission is using Facebook to help ensure that voters are properly registered.
Silicon Republic reported that the IRC will launch a Facebook application that will steer users to its voting register so that they can make sure they are properly registered by the May 14 deadline.
The app takes users through a step-by-step process of checking the register and, if necessary, applying to be included on it. Users can then share their use of the app and their registration on their Facebook timelines.
Potential voters can also go to their local authorities to check their eligibility, or to the Check the Register website, and forms to remedy incorrect information can also be downloaded from the site, according to Silicon Republic.
IRC Chairman Kevin Feeney told Silicon Republic:
Many voters, particularly younger voters, don’t know about checking the register and getting added on to it in time for polling day. We are using Facebook this time around to ensure that we get to people who don’t get this information from traditional media.
It is particularly useful that users of this app can, with one click, tell all of their Facebook friends about this and spread the word that they can check the register in a matter of seconds in this way. Every Irish citizen aged 18 or over on polling day is entitled to vote.
The vote on this treaty is important, as is every vote to amend the Constitution. This is one of those occasions where an important decision is made not by government, the Oireachtas, or the courts, but by the general public.
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