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Register of Electors

Electoral Reform Bill 2020

The General Scheme of the Electoral Reform Bill was published on 8th January 2021, which provides for a range of significant electoral reforms including,

  • the establishment of a statutory, independent Electoral Commission for Ireland,
  • the modernisation of our electoral registration process,
  • the regulation of online political advertising in the run-up to electoral events, and
  • amendments to electoral law which will assist in the holding of electoral events if Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Details on the General Scheme of the Reform Bill can be accessed at General Scheme of the Electoral Reform Bill 2020

Check the Register

The Register of Electors can be viewed online at checktheregister.ie

Live Register

The Live Register is published on February 1st each year and comes into force on February 15th.  It is used at each election and referendum held in the following 12 months.  Being on the Live Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in ALL elections.  To check which elections you can vote in, please check your Election Type on your personal details screen from the Check The Register link above.  For inclusion in the Register of Electors you must complete the relevant form available here.  Printed copies of the Live Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.

Draft Register

The Draft Register is published on November 1st each year.  It forms the basis of the next Live Register.  You should ensure that your details are correct on the Draft Register.  If these details are incorrect you should apply to have them corrected as soon as possible by completing and submitting the relevant form available here.

This must be done by 25th November.  Printed copies of the Draft Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.

Postal Voters List

A postal voters list is prepared each year as part of the register of electors.  Applications for inclusion in the list must be made to the Registration Authority each year before 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate.  An elector whose name is entered in the postal voters list may only vote by post at an election or referendum.

The following categories of persons can be registered as postal voters:

  • electors with a physical illness or disability who are living at home PV1 (Bilingual);
  • electors who are unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of occupation, employees and students, etc. PV2 (Irish version PV2);
  • whole-time members of the Defence Forces members who live in military barracks may be registered either at the barracks or at their home address;
  • Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses - they are registered at their home address in Ireland. 

Members of the Garda Siochana (police force) have the option of being registered as ordinary electors or as postal voters.  In either case, they are registered at their home address.  An elector registered as a postal voter may vote by post only and may not vote at a polling station.

Special Voters List

Registration authorities also prepare a list of special voters as part of the register of electors.  Voters with physical disabilities or illness who are residing in a Nursing Home or Hospital are included in this list.  In order to qualify, an elector's physical disability must be likely to continue for the duration of the register and prevent him/her from going to the polling station to vote.  To apply fill out the application form for entry into the SV1 (Bilingual).

Applications to be entered on the special voters list must be made to the Registration Authority by 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate.

Supplementary Register

The Supplementary Register is generated after an election/referendum has been announced.  If you are qualified to vote but have missed the deadline to include your name on the register, you can apply to be included in the Supplement to the Register using form RFA2 (Irish version RFA2).  This will allow you to vote at any election or referendum held during the year.  You can apply for inclusion on the Supplemental Register at least 15 days before polling day (Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday are not counted as days for this purpose).  This allows for people who may be entitled to be included on the Register to apply for inclusion before Polling Day.  The Supplementary Register would typically consist of electors who will be 18 years old by the date of the election/referendum or electors who have changed address since the last Live Register was published.  Persons who are not currently registered to vote must complete the RFA2.  Persons who are applying for a change of address must apply on the RFA3 (Irish version RFA3).  A full list of Supplementary Forms is available at: Supplement to the Register.

Application to be included on the 2022-2023 Register of Electors

Please fill out this form and include all members of the household who are over 18 years old.

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