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Information on registering to vote, or checking the Register of electors can be found at Register To Vote

Register of Electors

The Register of Electors comes into force on 15th February each year and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months.  In order to be able to vote at an election or referendum, a person's name must be entered on the Register of Electors for the locality in which the elector ordinarily resides. 

The Register of Electors 2019/20, which came into effect on the 15th February 2019, is being used for General Election 2020 and is available for inspection on www.voter.ie.

Register of Electors– IMPORTANT DATES

Click here to check the register

Click here to check the register

The Register of Electors 2019-2020 came into force on the 15th February 2019 and is on display at your City Council’s offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and online at www.voter.ie. If you are aged 18 or over, check that your name, address and details are correct on the Register. 

If it is you are a first time voter you can now register to vote online.

General Election 2020 - Registration Closes 5pm Wednesday 22nd January

All Irish or British Citizens living in Ireland are eligible to vote in a General Election.

Check the Register

Check the online Register of Electors to see if you are already registered to vote.

 

At present if your details do not appear on the register and you are not included at another address you may apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors 2019/20 by completing an RFA2 inclusion in supplement form. If you are on the register but have moved address you must complete an RFA3 change of address supplement form.

If you have become an Irish Citizen and have never been on the Register of Electors you must fill in an (RFA2) form if you wish to be included in the Supplement to the Register of Electors.  However, if you are already on the Register of Electors and have become an Irish Citizen you must fill in an RFA 5 change of citizenship supplement form which will enable you to vote at all elections and referendums.

These are the only forms we are accepting at present.  You may download these forms at www.voter.ie or below.  Alternatively you can contact the Franchise Section at 222 5010 for a hard copy if you wish. 

Forms should be returned to; 

  • Franchise Section
    Dublin City Council
    Civic Offices
    Wood Quay, Dublin 8
    D08 RF3F

Being on the Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in ALL elections – please see Voting Rights’.  Any individual entered in the Supplement will automatically be entered in the Register of Electors published the following February. 

Note: You may be required to produce documentary evidence to support your eligibility to vote, e.g. a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalisation.

Request by post

If you would like to have an application form posted out to you, you can download the form from voter.ie

Conditions for Registration

Age: a person must be at least 18 years of age on the day the register comes into force (15th February).  Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the register.

Residence: a person must be ordinarily resident at the address at which he/she wishes to be registered.

Citizenship: every adult resident in the state is entitled to be registered, their citizenship determines the type of elections they may vote in (see below)

Check your voting rights

Referenda: Only Irish citizens can vote in referenda e.g. to vote for or against a proposal to modify the Irish constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann).

Presidential: Only Irish citizens can vote in Presidential Elections.

Elections for Dáil Éireann: Both Irish and British citizens can vote in elections for Dáil Éireann (the lower house of parliament).

Elections for the European Parliament: Irish, British and other European Union (EU) citizens can vote in elections for the European Parliament.

Elections for Local Government: Irish, British, EU and non-EU citizens can vote in local elections.

What to do if an election is due soon and you are not registered

If an election or referendum is due soon and you are not included in the current Register of Electors or the Supplement, you should apply to have your name included in the Supplement to the Register by completing an RFA2 – Inclusion in Supplement form, ensuring it has been signed by a member of the Garda Siochána, and return it by post to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.  

Change your voting address

In order to change your registered voting address, you must complete an RFA3 – Change of Address supplement form, ensuring it has been signed by a member of the Garda Siochána, and return it by post to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 

Supplement forms for the General Election 2020 must be submitted by Wednesday the 22nd of January at 5pm. This is a statutory requirement. Eligible electors whose names are included in the supplement will be entitled to vote at an election or referendum held during the lifetime of the register

Change of Citizenship

If you have become an Irish Citizen and have never been on the Register of Electors you must fill in an RFA2 inclusion in supplement form if you wish to be included in the Supplement to the Register of Electors.  However, if you are already on the Register of Electors and have become an Irish Citizen you must fill in an RFA 5 change of citizenship supplement form which will enable you to vote at all elections and referendums.

 

Information Leaflets in various languages

Further electoral information leaflets are available from the  Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government website:  http://www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/voting/voting

These are produced in various languages, as relevant to the election type.  The leaflets are:

  • How the Dáil is Elected
  • How Irish MEPS are Elected (14 languages)
  • How Local Authorities are Elected (17 languages)
  • How the President is Elected
  • How the Seanad is Elected
  • The Referendum in Ireland
  • The Register of Electors (17 languages)
  • Information for Voters with a Disability
  • A Guide Ireland’s to PR-STV Voting System

Register of Electors – General information

 

Postal Voting

Applications for Postal Voting closed on Thursday the 16th of January at 5pm

 

Polling Scheme

Click here to download The Polling Scheme 2019.

Privacy Statement

 Click here to download the Franchise Privacy Statement.

For more information

Franchise Section,
Dublin City Council,
Civic Offices,
Wood Quay,
Dublin D08 RF3F.

email  franchise@dublincity.ie

 

T +353 1 222 2222, 

F +353 1 222 5997

 

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