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Referendum ('Border Poll') (NI) - Thursday 8 March 1973



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Referendum ('Border Poll') (NI)
Thursday 8 March 1973

The following are the (draft) results of the 1973 Referendum held in Northern Ireland on Thursday 8 March 1973.

Introduction

The referendum held in Northern Ireland on 8 March 1973 was a poll on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland. The referendum was boycotted by the Catholic / Nationalist population of Northern Ireland, hence the resulting unanimous majority vote in favour of maintaining the Union with Britain.

Summary of Results

Electorate: 1,030,084
Votes Polled: 604,256
Non-voters: 425,828
Percentage turnout: 58.66%
Invalid (spoilt) votes: 5,973
Total valid vote: 598,283

Option

No. of Votes
% Valid Votes
% Electorate
Do you want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom?
591,820
98.92%
57.45%
Do you want Northern Ireland to be joined with the the Republic of Ireland outside the United Kingdom?
6,463
1.08%
0.63%

Source: Irish Times (1973)


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