Marginal lift in voter turnout as Longford public go to polls

Voter turnout in pollings stations right across Longford has been described as “slow” this afternoon (Thursday) as the nation gets set to elect its ninth president.

Voter turnout in pollings stations right across Longford has been described as “slow” this afternoon (Thursday) as the nation gets set to elect its ninth president.

From 7am this morning, stations opened their doors to the general public as the electorate finally got their chance to have their say on undoubtedly one of the most divisive presidential elections in recent history.

Most stations that longfordleader.ie visited from 9am onwards reported averages ranging between just 3.5 and nine per cent.

The former figure was the one recorded at Clontumpher NS in Killoe at 10am with 12 people out of a possible 350 having passed through its doors.

A few miles up the road at nearby Ballinalee, activity was more brisk thanks to a 4.9 per cent turnout figure.

In Lanesboro, five per cent of voters had voted by 10am while in Ballymahon the figure was slightly lower at 4.5 per cent.

The discrepancy between some of the county’s more urban based polling stations was perhaps best summed up in Longford town.

According to figures provided to this website, just 3.1 per cent of voters had voted at Longford town’s St Joseph’s NS at 10:15am compared to the 6.4 per cent at the town’s Teagasc station.

Surprisingly however, the busiest polling station by 10:30am this morning in Co Longford was Legan with a healthy 9 per cent of the local electorate having voted.

By 3pm, returning officers were reporting a slight increase as voters started to show up in larger numbers. Longford town polling stations recorded an overall figure of around 18 per cent with half a dozen locations in more remote pockets of the county returning a marginally higher total of 18.5 per cent.

Polling stations will be open until 10pm this evening with voters also having the opportunity to pass judgement on two constitutional referendums on judicial pay and Oireachtas inquiries.

Latest voter turnout percentages at 3pm:

Clontumpher: 18%

Ballinalee: 19%

Longford: 17.75%

Granard: 17%

Ballymahon: 17%

E’town: 15%

Lanesboro: 18%