Traditional evening rush expected at polling stations across Kerry

There’s just 5 hours left for people to cast their votes in the abortion referendum.

There’s been a higher than normal turnout through the day.

In Kerry, at 5pm County Registrar and Returning Officer Padraig Burke says turnout across the county is between 31 and 32%.

This is around the same as figures seen at this time during voting for the same sex marriage referendum.

 

An early rush of voters across the country before work saw a much larger than normal turnout in many parts of the country.

In Dublin and the commuter belt counties many polling stations have hit 30 per cent turnout, with Belmont Avenue in Donnybrook hitting 47 per cent turnout before 3 o’clock.

One box at St John of Gods in Waterford has also hit 47 per cent turnout.

Largely the number of voters has slowed down ahead of the anticipated evening rush as people get off work.

But there’s still a decent turnout.

Earlier Donegal Town reported a 32 per cent turnout.

Counties like Laois, Westmeath and Offaly in the Midlands are consistently showing between 24 and 26 per cent turnout.

The number of people who were added to the supplementary register and have voted is higher than the general trend.

There’s just a few hours now left until the 10pm deadline for voting, and many in polling stations across the country think turnout will be higher than the marriage referendum.