Register to Vote
Every local authority in Ireland is responsible for compiling and publishing a list of voters in the local area.
The Draft Register for 2016 – 2017 is currently being compiled. This Register will be made public on the 1st November 2015. It is important that you check that your details are correct and that you are registered only once.
Voters who are not yet 18 but who will be 18 years old on or before February 15th next year are entitled to register to vote now.
Anyone can check their details on this Register which is available in all local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries or online at Check the Register.
Voting is an important way of having your say. If you don't vote, your opinion becomes irrelevant.
The right to vote is as follows:
Irish citizens may vote at every election and referendum;
British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections;
EU citizens (other than Irish and British Citizens) may vote at European and local elections;
Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections.
You can check on-line if you are still entitled to vote, go to Check the Register.
If you are not on the register and wish to be included then you must complete an RFA form.
Correction of Details
If you are on the draft Register of Electors but your details are incorrect (e.g. name, address, citizenship etc.) you may claim to have a correction made by completing an application form RFA1.Click here to download form RFA1. and submit this form to your Local Authority before the 25th November 2015 for your details to be amended
Application for Inclusion in Supplement to 2015/2016 Register of Electors (RFA2)
Application for Inclusion in Supplement to 2015/2016 Register of Electors - Change of Address (RFA3)
Apply for a Postal Vote
You may be eligible for a postal vote if you are:
- An Irish diplomat or his/her spouse posted abroad
- A member of the Garda Síochána
- A whole-time member of the Defence Forces.
You may also be eligible for a postal vote if you cannot go to a polling station because:
- Of a physical illness or disability
- You are studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from your home address where you are registered
- You are unable to vote at your polling station because of your occupation
- You are unable to vote at your polling station because you are in prison as a result of an order of a court.
If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station.