Frequently Asked Questions
What is a plebiscite?
A plebiscite is a poll consulting the public on a proposal. In this case, establishing a directly elected mayor of Waterford.
Who can vote in the plebiscite?
Anyone who is registered to vote for the local elections in Waterford can vote in the plebiscite.
When is the vote?
The plebiscite will take place on May 24th. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm. This is the same day as the Local and European Elections, as well as the Divorce Referendum. In total, Waterford residents will receive four ballot papers when they go to vote.
What will happen if the people vote YES?
If the people of Waterford vote YES on May 24th the Government will prepare legislation to establish the office of a directly elected mayor. The first election will take place in 2022.
What will happen if the plebiscite is a NO vote?
The current situation will remain. The Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council would retain all executive functions.