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Register of Electors

  • Am I eligible to vote in Irish elections / referendums?

    In order to vote in an election or referendum in Ireland, you must be registered to vote.

    By registering to vote it means that you can participate in deciding upon who represents you at local government level, national government level and European government level.

    Each local authority in Ireland is responsible for compiling and publishing a list of registered voters in its area. This list of registered voters is called the Register of Electors or Electoral Register.

    Galway City Council compiles a new electoral register for the County Borough of Galway each year.

    When an election or referendum is called in Ireland this Register is used by the City Council to prepare the voter list for each voting area, also known as a ward.

    Your citizenship determines which elections/referenda you are eligible to vote in.

    These are as follows:

    • Irish Citizens may vote at every election and referendum
    • British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections
    • Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections
    • Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections only

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  • How do I check if I am registered to vote?

    The Draft Register of Electors is published on 1st November each year and is made available for inspection during opening hours at the following locations:

    • Post Offices
    • Garda Stations
    • Public Libraries
    • Courthouse
    • Council Offices in City Hall

    You can also check online to see if you are on the electoral register.

    The published Electoral Register contains the voter's name, address, polling station and the category of vote assigned to them.

    You have until 25th November to make a correction or have your name included on the Register. You may be asked for documents such as a birth certificate or a certificate of naturalisation in order to prove your eligibility to vote.

    The amended Register of Electors is then published in February of the following year.

    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 a Supplement to the Register

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  • I am not an Irish citizen, am I eligible to vote?

    Once you are registered on the current electoral register, your citizenship determines which elections/referenda you are eligible to vote in.

    These are as follows:

    • Irish Citizens may vote at every election and referendum
    • British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections
    • Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections
    • Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections only

    Everyone on the Electoral Register is entitled to vote at a local election in Ireland. People who are identified by the letter "L" opposite their name on the Register may only vote at a local election.

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  • Who can register to vote?

    In order to be included on the Electoral Register / Register of Electors:

    • You must be at least 18 years old on the day the Register comes into force (15th February each year)
    • Have been ordinarily resident in the State on 1st September in the year preceding the coming into force of the Electoral Register
    • You may be registered for one address only

    Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the register.

    Students living away from home while attending college have the choice of being registered at either their home address or their student residential address.

    If you are pursuing a course of study on a full-time basis at an educational institution in the State and because of this study you are unlikely to be able to go to your polling station on polling day to vote, you may apply to your registration authority to be included in the Postal Voters List and to vote by post at elections and referenda.

    If you leave your address but you plan to return there within 18 months, you can continue to be registered there, as long you do not register at any other address.

    If you are an Irish citizen living abroad you cannot be entered on the Register of Electors.

    This means that you cannot vote in an election or referendum here in Ireland. (The only exception to this is Irish diplomats (and their spouses) on duty abroad and members of the Defence Forces who may cast their vote by post).

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  • How do I register to vote?

    Every local authority in Ireland is responsible for compiling and publishing a list of voters in its area. This is called the Register of Electors or the Electoral Register.

    Anyone can inspect this Register to see if their name is listed.

    The register can be checked at post offices, Garda Stations, Public Libraries, Courthouses or Local Authorities.

    You can also check online to see if you are on the electoral register.

    The published Register contains the voter's name, address, polling station and category of voter.

    If you are not on the Register you should complete a RFA1 - Claim for Correction in Draft Register of Electors form and return it to your Local Authority (Galway City Council) before the 25th November.
    A new draft Register is compiled each year and is published on 1 November.

    If you are qualified to vote but have missed the 25th November deadline to include your name on the Register, you can apply to be included in a Supplement to the Register (RFA2 Form)

    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.

    Download RFA2 Application for inclusion in the Supplement.

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  • I have missed the deadline to register to vote. Can I still register?

    If you are qualified to vote but have missed the 25th November deadline to include your name on the Register in an upcoming election, you can apply to be included in a Supplement to the Register.

    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.

    Download RFA2 Application for inclusion in the Supplement.

    Completed forms should be returned to your local authority.

    If you are applying after an election or referendum has been called, please note that the application must reach the City or County Council concerned before the fourteenth day (Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday excluded) before polling day in order to be considered for inclusion in the supplement for that election or referendum. Late applications will not be processed until after polling day.

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  • My details have changed or are incorrect on the Electoral Register. How do I update them?

    Every year you should check the Draft Register between 1st of November and the 25th of November to make sure that your name and details are correctly listed.

    The Draft Register can be checked at:

    • Online
    • Post Offices
    • Garda Stations
    • Public Libraries
    • Courthouse
    • Council Offices in City Hall

    If your details are incorrectly listed you should complete the RFA1 Form - Claim for Correction in Draft Register of Electors and return it to your local authority (Galway City Council).

    Any person may claim to have a correction made in the Draft Register of Electors using an RFA1 form.

    Claims for corrections in the Draft Register of Electors should be sent to Galway City Council on or before 25th November.

    In any case where a correction is requested because of a change of address, both the former and current addresses should be indicated.

    A list of claims for corrections in the draft register is published on 30th November.

    The Final Register of Electors is then published on 1st February and comes into effect on February 15th each year.

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  • I have missed the deadline to update my details on the electoral register. Can I update them before the upcoming election/referendum?

    If you are qualified to vote but have missed the 25th November deadline to update your details on the Register in an upcoming election/referendum, you can apply to be included in a Supplement to the Register e.g. if you have changed address.

    Eligible electors whose details are listed in the supplement will be entitled to vote at an election or referendum held during the lifetime of the register.

    Download RFA3 Application for inclusion in Supplement to Register Of Electors

  • I am residing in a hospital, a home or institution and cannot vote in person at a polling station - can I still vote?

    Special Voters List - SV1

    You may apply for inclusion in the special voters list if you are living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institutionand you are unable to go in person to vote at a polling station by reason of a physical illness or a physical disability which is likely to continue for the duration of the register of electors in respect of which the application is made.

    Download an SV1 Application Form for Entry in the Special Voters List.

    Supplement to the Special Voters List

    If you are eligible for the Special Voter list but are not included, you can apply for inclusion in the relevant supplement to the lists.

    The latest date for receipt of applications is:

    • 2 days after the date of dissolution of the Dáil in the case of a general election
    • 2 days after the date of the order appointing polling day in the case of a Dáil bye-election
    • 22 days (excluding Sundays and public holidays) before polling day for other elections or referenda

    Download the Supplement to the Special Voters List Application Form (SVS1 form)

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  • I am living at home, but cannot vote in person at a polling station due to a physical illness or disability - can I still vote?

    Postal Voters List - PV1

    You may apply for inclusion in the postal voters list if you are living at home and you are unable to go in person to vote at a polling station by reason of a physical illness or a physical disability which is likely to continue for the duration of the register of electors in respect of which the application is made.

    Download PV1 Application Form for Entry in the Postal Voters List and return the completed form to the local authority for your area.

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

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

    Supplement to Postal Voters List (PVS1)

    If you are eligible for the Postal Voters list (by reason of a physical illness or disability) but have missed the application deadline, you can apply for inclusion in the relevant supplement to the lists.

    The latest date for receipt of applications is:

    • 2 days after the date of dissolution of the Dáil in the case of a general election
    • 2 days after the date of the order appointing polling day in the case of a Dáil bye-election
    • 22 days (excluding Sundays and public holidays) before polling day for other elections or referenda

    Download the Supplement to the Postal Voters List Application Form (PVS1 form)

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  • Because of the circumstances of my occupation, service, study or employment, I am unable to vote at a polling station. Can I vote by post?

    Postal Voters List - PV2

    You will normally be required to vote in person at an official voting centre but 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.

    Provided you are registered as an elector, you may apply to be entered in the postal voters list if you are likely to be unable to vote at a polling station in person for an election or referendum because of the circumstances of your occupation, service, or employment. In order to do so you must complete and submit a PV2 Application for Entry in the Postal Voters List.

    For example if you are a registered elector participating on a full-time basis on an educational course of study at an educational institution in the State, and you are likely to be unable to go in person on polling day to vote at a polling station, you may apply to be included in the postal voters list.

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

    Download PV2 Application Form for Entry in the Postal Voters List

    Supplement to the Postal Voters List (PVS2)

    If you are eligible for the postal voter list (by reason of occupation, service, study or employment) but have missed the deadline to register as a postal voter (25th November), you can apply for inclusion in the relevant supplement to the lists using a PVS2 Form.

    The latest date for receipt of applications is:

    • 2 days after the date of dissolution of the Dáil in the case of a general election
    • 2 days after the date of the order appointing polling day in the case of a Dáil bye-election
    • 22 days (excluding Sundays and public holidays) before polling day for other elections or referenda

    Download the PVS2 Form and return to your local authority as per the dates outlined above.

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  • What are the key Registration Dates for the Electoral Register/Register of Electors?

    The period for the preparation and publication of the Register is as follows:

    • 1st February - Publication of Register
    • 15th February - Register effective from this date
    • 1st November - Publication of Draft Register
    • 25th November - Last date for applying to be on the register
    • 25th November - Last date for receipt of application for Special Voter's /Postal Voters List
    • 30th November - Publication of List of Claims

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