Irish constitutional referendums, 1968

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Two referendums were held simultaneously in the Republic of Ireland on 16 October 1968, each on a proposed amendment of the Irish constitution relating to the electoral system. Both proposals were rejected.

Third amendment, 1968[edit]

The Third Amendment, 1968 proposed to specify more precisely the system of apportionment in the drawing of constituency boundaries.

Third Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 1968
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 656,803 60.76
Yes 424,185 39.24
Valid votes 1,080,988 95.71
Invalid or blank votes 48,489 4.29
Total votes 1,129,477 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 1,717,389 65.77

Fourth amendment, 1968[edit]

The Fourth Amendment, 1968 proposed to alter the electoral system for elections to Dáil Éireann from proportional representation under the Single transferable vote to the British 'First Past the Post' system.

Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 1968
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 657,898 60.84
Yes 423,496 39.16
Valid votes 1,081,394 95.73
Invalid or blank votes 48,212 4.27
Total votes 1,129,606 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 1,717,389 65.77

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