The Social Democrats will be campaigning vigorously to remove the Eighth Amendment from our Constitution once and for all.
Repealing the Eighth would be a critical step forward on the road to providing safe, regulated abortion care to women who need it.
This will allow our lawmakers and health professionals to provide abortion care that is safe and regulated, in line with best medical practice.
It is expected that Referendum Day will be 25th May 2018.
Every vote counts – so if you want to see this change make sure you are registered to vote.
Everyone over the age of 18 is entitled to vote in referendums.
Your name must be on the Register of Electors.
This is a list of all people who are entitled to vote in elections and referendums.
If your name is not on the Register, you will not be able to vote.
The Register is updated every year. The Register of Electors is now published on www.checktheregister.ie.
It’s easy to check the register – go to www.checktheregister.ie – to make sure that your name is on it and your details are correct.
You can also check the Register in any Garda Station, Post Office or Library in your county, or simply by phoning your local Council. If you are registered, that’s great. If you want to go on to vote, you need to get your name added to the Supplementary Register.
The Supplementary Register is generated after an election/referendum has been announced. Anyone can apply to be included in this Register up to 15 days before Polling Day. The Supplementary Register generally includes people who will be 18 years old by the date of the election/referendum, or people who have changed address since the last Register was published.
You must download, fill in and deliver to your local Council form RFA2. You can make this application at any time. This form must be completed in the presence of a member of An Garda Síochána. You must bring photo identification with you. In order to be included in the supplement used at a particular election or referendum, your application must be received by your local Council at least 15 days before polling day.
You’ll find more information about the different types of Registration forms here.
If you are already on the Register but you have moved address in the past year, just fill out the Change of Address Form RFA3 and send it off to your local Council. This form has to be signed by a member of An Garda Síochána. In order to be included in the supplement used at a particular election or referendum, your application must be received by your local Council at least 15 days before polling day.
If you recently became a citizen, you can fill out form RFA5. Make sure to send your form off in good time, your local council must receive your application at least 15 days before polling day.
The website isn’t always 100% accurate, but you can still find out if your name is on the register by phoning your local council.
Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Make sure to have a look at vote.ie for more information.