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Longford County Council is responsible for the preparation and production of the Register of Electors for the entire County. The register comes into force on the 15th February each year and persons aged 18 years or over on that date, who otherwise qualify, may register. Irish citizens have the right to vote in all elections but non-citizens have this right limited to certain types of election depending on nationality. The address at which a person is registered will be that at which s/he resides on the 1st September preceding publication. A person can register at one address only. Various categories of persons may seek registration as postal voters while disabled voters may seek registration as special voters. A Draft Register is published each year on the 1st November following house-to-house or other checking and it is made available for examination at the Local Authority Offices, Post Offices, Public Libraries and Garda Stations. The public are invited to check that they are properly registered. Claims for additions or deletions must be made by 25th November on "claim" form RFA1 and these are ruled on by the County Registrar. Interested parties are notified of his/her decision and, if dissatisfied, may appeal to the Circuit Court.
The final register - Register of Electors - is published on the 1st February and comes into force on the 15th February and is used at every election and referendum during the following 12 months. If you have been omitted from the register, you can apply to be included in a Supplement to the register by completing the green form RFA2 which is available at Post Offices, Libraries etc. Persons in the supplement are entitled to vote at elections/referenda held during the life of the register. The Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2001 makes provision for the preparation of an "Edited" version of the Register of Electors allowing for the omission of the name and address of a person who has requested that their name not be included. The Edited version can be used for a purpose other than electoral or other statutory use e.g. for direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.
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Local elections are to be held every five years or as often as directed by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government and in line with the constitutional amendment passed on the 11 June 1999 which provides for elections to be held every five years in the future.
In general persons aged 18 years and over on the date when the register comes into force is entitled to be registered to vote in the electoral area in which he or she is ordinarily resident. Citizenship is not a requirement for voting at a local election.
A candidate, if not self nominated, must give consent to nomination. Nomination of a candidate may be made by any person registered in the same electoral area for which s/he proposes to nominate the candidate.
Members are elected by secret ballot according to a system of proportional representation. Casual vacancies in membership are filled by co-option.
The Council is responsible for drawing up Polling Schemes for the electoral areas specifying the number of polling stations and polling station in which people must vote.