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# Voting

All time
We can learn a thing or two from the Australians when it comes to elections
Australia’s mandatory voting laws ensure everyone’s voices are heard argues Barry Dunning
# minor parties
Australians can vote for the Sex Party, Hemp Party and Smokers' Rights Party in this week's election
Voting is mandatory in Australia for all adults, with turnout never falling below 90% since it became compulsory in 1924.
# to the voting booths
We've been promised four referendums - but not one on abortion
Instead, a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ will be able to make recommendations to the Dáil on issues like the Eighth Amendment.
# Your Say
Would you vote if there was another election?
Sinn Féin has said that they “aren’t afraid” should another election be called.
# Every Worker Counts
Nearly 1,000 Tesco staff vote for industrial action
The row centres on a two-tiered contract system.
Getting more women in the Dáil can't be a once off thing, such progress must continue
In comparison to the 2011 general election, there has been an increase of over 40% in the number of women in the Dáil.
# Getting political
People are voting in the US Democratic primaries this evening... in Dublin
Democrats Abroad have been voting as part of ‘Global Presidential Primary’.
'I'm a first time voter and I got to see democracy unfold in front of my eyes at the RDS'
Ruby Hughes was let loose in the RDS count centre and loved it.
WHERE IT'S AT: Neck and neck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as counts go through the night
We have all the news, results and reaction for what has been one of the most dramatic elections in recent times.
LIVEBLOG: Bad news for government TDs as votes counted across the country
Join us throughout the day for the latest news from the count centres.
# take this ring
Spare a thought for the Arklow voter who lost her engagement ring in the ballot box
Oh NO.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you back a coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil?
It’s not an unlikely prospect.
# Exit Poll
Exit poll: Fianna Fáil surge but it's bad news for Fine Gael-Labour coalition
The first exit poll is in.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you use your vote today?
Tell us here.
'This is why my vote is so important to me'
Those with Down Syndrome write about the importance of their vote and why they are engaging in the political system.
Explainer: How does Ireland's voting system work?
Here’s all you need to know about what happens to your vote.
'Gender quotas won't substantially alter the outcome of the next Dáil'
The question of gender quotas continues to be a turbulent issue, not only in Ireland, writes Jason O’Sullivan.
'Living in Hong Kong, my citizenship means more than just what’s written on my passport'
The ‘home to vote’ campaign pushed for us all to come home, the message is different now, writes Aaron Mc Nicholas.
# Election 2016
The deadline for voter registration is TODAY: here's what you need to know
If you’re still hoping to register, you might want to get your form in sharpish.
'I'm an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me'
‘I’m not sure when there began to be such a disconnect between myself and the campaign oratory – and whether I have changed or if it’s the American discourse.’
# it's on
The eight things you need to know to be ready for this general election
Who runs the country now? How do you vote? And how can you check if you’re registered?
# marriage ref effect
Should 16-year-olds be able to vote? One party thinks so
Fianna Fáil also wants politics to be a mandatory school subject.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you willing to pay more tax to help people with disabilities and the homeless?
Tax cuts are expected in the next Budget because it’s a popular move – would you forego that so services can be improved?
# Women in Politics
Number of women running in next election already exceeds 2011 levels
So far 89 women have confirmed candidacy – and we don’t even know when they election will be yet.
Young people are powerful. Let's harness our newfound voting spirit to change Ireland.
The number who recently registered to vote was enough to elect six TDs…. There’s a new politicised generation that politicians must pay heed to.
# pure sound
Des Bishop offered people lifts to vote and loads took him up on it
# planes trains automobiles
People are coming #HomeToVote and it's making Ireland fierce emotional
Chopping a giant onion here, sorry.
# Explainer
Saw a bible at your polling station? Here's why
Not everyone is happy about the situation.
# polls are open
No selfies or badges: What you need to know before you vote today
Here’s everything you need to know.
# ballot on an island
The voting has already begun in the marriage referendum
Islanders get to cast their vote the day before people on the Irish mainland.
# Yes or No
Louis Walsh joins the Irish celebs backing a Yes vote
How are other well-known Irish names voting in the referendum? We take a look.
# Just for Laughs
Someone has finally made a properly funny video about the same-sex marriage referendum
Fun for your Friday.
# double check excludes some Dublin streets, but you could still be on the electoral register
Dublin City Council says it is fixing the problem and urged voters to get in touch.
# Voting
Islamic Centre issues advice to Irish Muslims on same-sex marriage referendum
Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, said Muslims must believe in equality and inclusiveness.
Why is the government trying to push emigrants even further away?
The opinions of thousands of young, educated Irish emigrants are not worth considering – or so the government seems to think.
# Boko Haram
Boko Haram militants shoot Nigerian voters dead at polling stations
Militant group Boko Haram followed through on a warning to disrupt the process.
# isaac herzog
Netanyahu beat this almost-Irish candidate to stay Israel's Prime Minister
A new government will be formed within weeks.
# Irish Abroad
Two Irishmen nominated for English Championship player of the month
Peter Lydon and Declan Cusack have both been impressing with their place-kicking and general play.
Column: What Ireland can learn from the left-wing party set to win victory in Greece tomorrow
Greece’s Syriza party has an impressive to-do list if it gets into office.