A large drop off has been recorded by polling stations across Waterford today for the Presidential election and blasphemy referendum.
One of the more severe of these was in Abbeyside, which as 3 o’clock had seen its turnout halved compared to last May’s referendum. Its turnout at 5:30pm was recorded as being 26 per cent.
Staying in the west of the county, Lismore’s turnout is coming towards 20 per cent while Dungarvan’s CBS is roughly 25 per cent.
In mid-county Waterford, Kimacthomas roughly 20 per cent and Kilmeaden is approaching 24 per cent.
In the city, Ferrybank is well-ahead of other stations at 31 per cent. The Mercy was at 22.5 per cent at 4 o’clock and Ballygunner is at 27 per cent. Ballybeg is at 26 per cent, a fraction of the turnout it saw five months ago.
A late surge is expected by polling officers this evening however, with stations remaining open until 10 o’clock tonight.