Quiet afternoon at Clare polling stations

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After a slow but steady morning at some of the more rural polling stations, all polling stations are reporting an extremely quiet afternoon and evening so far with less than 20 per cent of the Clare electorate turning out to vote in the Seanad and Courts of Appeal referenda so far.
Urban stations such as Ennis reported a relatively busy lunchtime, compared to the morning, but it has been very quite since then.
Turn out is highest in Ennis at just 19 cent. Killaloe is also currently higher than the Clare average at 18.18 per cent.Clarecastle (NS) turn out is currently at at 13.6%; Kilnamona at 16.4%; Kilrush (St Senan’s) at 15.4%; Lisdoonvarna at 17.5%; Meelick (NS) 14.3%; Miltown Malbay at15.2%; Shannon (St. Conaire’s) is at 16%; and Tulla is at 17.5%
There are also reports from station supervisors that the ballot papers are proving very confusing to the electorate, with many voters having difficulties distinguishing between the two.
Some of the more experienced supervisors are predicting a turn out as low as 25 per cent, but are hoping for a busier evening as people leave work.
The turn out for the last referendum – The Children’s Rights Bill – just 32.3 per cent of the Clare electorate turned out to vote (slightly less than the national average).
In total 83,544 people are registered to vote in the Clare constituency.

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