Have your voice heard

Important referendums and elections are coming up –  and everyone’s vote counts.

Your name must be on the Register of Electors before you can vote.

The draft Register has been published – and there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you are on it by the closing date of 25 November 2017.

First, check if you are on the Register!

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 the county, or simply by phoning your local Council. If you are registered, that’s great. If not, here is how you get registered:


Why do I need to be on the Register?

The Register of Electors 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.

A Draft Register of Electors is now published on www.checktheregister.ie.

It is available for inspection and changes can be made until 25 November 2017.

If you aren’t on the Register, you have up until 25 November to get your name added.

The amended Register will come into force on 15 February 2018. If you aren’t included in it, you won’t be able to vote in any election or referendum held in the succeeding 12 months.

I’m not registered to vote, what do I do?

Everyone resident in Ireland who is aged 18 or over is entitled to be on the Register. If you are eligible to vote and you find out that you are not on the register, here’s what you do:

I am registered to vote, but I have moved house, what do I do?

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.

I’m 17 now but will be 18 in a few months, can I register?

If you are turning 18 before 15 February 2018, you can also fill out the Voter Registration Form RFA and deliver it to your local Council.  You can also be included if your 18th birthday falls on or before the next polling day. If you are within this category, you will have to apply to be included in the Supplement to the Register of Electors, or Supplementary Register.

What is 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 14 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.

How can I get added to the the Supplementary Register?

You must download, fill in and deliver to your local Council form RFA2. You can make this application at any time. But 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 14 days before polling day. This form must be completed in the presence of a member of An Garda Síochána. You must bring photo identification with you.

You’ll find more information about the different types of Registration forms here.

Not going to be available on voting day? Here’s how to get a postal vote:

Usually, you are required to vote in an official voting centre. However, 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.

Want to apply for a postal vote? You can check out which form you need to fill out here.

Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25 November at the latest.

If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station.

Have more questions?

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Make sure to have a look at vote.ie for more information.