Register of Electors - FAQS

  1. What is the Register of Electors?
  2. Who is eligible to be on the Register of Electors?
  3. Who is eligible to vote?
  4. I am not an Irish citizen. Can I be included on the Register of Electors?
  5. Will I be entitled to vote in all elections if I am not an Irish citizen?
  6. How do I register to vote?
  7. When do I register to vote?
  8. How will I know if I am registered to vote?
  9. I applied to go on the Register last year. Does this mean I will be registered every year?
  10. When does the Register come into force and what does it mean?
  11. Is there any exception to this?
  12. How do I get on a Supplement Register?
  13. Will my details be given to marketing companies, banks etc.?
  14. I cannot find my name through the search facility on your website:
  15. Why was my name taken off the Register?
  16. I will be temporarily out of the county on the date of the election, can I vote?
  17. If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?
  18. I have a disability - what special arrangements have been put in place for me?
  19. Where can I get a copy of the Register?
  20. I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail:
  21. I will not be 18 years of age by 15th February, but will be 18 before polling day, can I be included on the Register?
  22. How can I check the Draft Register?
  23. I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

What is the Register of Electors?

It is a list of residents who are registered to vote at an election or referendum.

Who is eligible to be on the Register of Electors?

To be eligible to be on the Register of Electors you must be:

  • Be 18 years of age or over on the 1st February the year the Register comes into force
  • Be ordinarily resident in the County

Who is eligible to vote?

 To be eligible to vote you must:

  • Be 18 years of age on or before polling day.
  • Be ordinarily resident in the County.
  • Have your name entered on the Register of Electors or Supplement to the Register.

I am not an Irish citizen. Can I be included on the Register of Electors?

Yes, you can. All citizens who are over 18 and ordinarily resident in the County can be included on the Register of Electors.

Will I be entitled to vote in all elections if I am not an Irish citizen?

No. Irish citizens are entitled to vote at all elections/referenda. British citizens are entitled to vote at Dail, European & Local Elections. European citizens are entitled to vote at European & Local Elections. Non-European citizens are entitled to vote at Local Elections only.

How do I register to vote?

Freepost Forms are available at all times at your local Council Office, Library, Garda Station or Post Office and also on-line. From August until October each year, You can download the form here 'Voter Registration Form' an intensive update is carried out by each local authority on the Register of Electors. A Draft Register is Published on the 1st of November and the public through national and local media campaigns are requested to check that their details are included and correct. Corrections/additions may be submitted to the local authority until November 25th.

The 2009/2010 Register of Electors was published on February 1st and came into effect on 15th February 2009.

When do I register to vote?

You can apply to go on the Register at any stage throughout the year. The closing date for applications to be included on the Register of Electors is the 25th November. If you are not included on the Register you can apply to go on a 'Supplement to the Register', which is published before every election or referendum (a special supplement form is required which must be witnessed by a member of An Garda Siochana).

How will I know if I am registered to vote?

A Draft Register of Electors is compiled each year and is made available in public offices on the 1st November and it is also accessible through the www.checktheregister.ie website. People have until the 25th November to check this Register and ensure they are registered correctly. You can also check the Register in any Local Authority office, Garda Station, Post office or library in the county.

I applied to go on the Register last year. Does this mean I will be registered every year?

A new Register is compiled each year and the onus is on the individual to check and ensure that their details remain on the Register each year. If your details are correct you do not have to re-apply each year. The Local Authority has staff members working on the Register each

When does the Register come into force and what does it mean?

 The Register of Electors is compiled once a year and comes into force on the 15th February each year. This means that if an election is called, the current Register in force is the one used at an election. Only the people listed on the current Register will be entitled to a vote.

Is there any exception to this?

If an election is called and you are not on the Register of Electors, you can apply to go on the 'Supplement to Voting Register'.

How do I get on a Supplement Register?

 You will have to obtain an application form from a Local Authority office, Garda Station, Post office, library, etc. and have it completed in a Garda station. A member of An Garda Siochana must witness and sign the form. Download the form here 'Supplement to the Voting Register'

Will my details be given to marketing companies, banks etc.?

Since November 2004, there is an Edited Register as well as the Register of Electors. This Edited Register is made available to companies that wish to purchase it and it can be used for direct marketing purposes. If you do not want to be on this Register, please tick the Opt Out box on the Registration Form when you are applying to register.

I cannot find my name through the search facility on your website:

In order to comply with Data Protection regulations, our system is set up to ONLY confirm exact details that are input on the query page. Where a person has used a shortened version of his/her name, this will not be located e.g. Anthony McVeigh could be registered as Tony Mc Veigh. Also the system needs a house number to search and cannot search a house name.

Why was my name taken off the Register?

During the summer months, our inspectors make house-to-house calls to verify the information on the Register and make any necessary changes. Where the Inspector cannot gain access or make contact, a form is left with the householder for completion and return and a return call is made.

The information compiled is then published as the Draft Register in November of each year. It is made available for examination at Post Offices, Public Libraries, Garda Stations and Local Authority offices or you can check it on our website.

I will be temporarily out of the county on the date of the election, can I vote?

Unfortunately there is no facility for arranging postal facilities in this instance.

If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

 

I have a disability - what special arrangements have been put in place for me?

The website of the Department of The Environment, Heritage and Local Government contains information for voters with disabilities.

Information for voters with disabilities

Where can I get a copy of the Register?

Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register. The full register lists everyone who is entitle to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose. The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.

To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.
The Register is available from Offaly County Council for a fee.

I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail:

See above

I will not be 18 years of age by 15th February, but will be 18 before polling day, can I be included on the Register?

You can apply to be included on a Supplement by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA2) having the form witnessed at a Garda Station and returned to us two weeks before polling day.

How can I check the Draft Register?

You can check our website or go to Libraries, Council Offices, Post Offices or Garda Stations.


I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

The polling card is not mandatory for voting. However you will need to bring a form of photo I.D. as proof of identification i.e. Passport or Driving Licence