Postal & Special Votes

Postal voting is available in certain circumstances.

  • Persons living at home and have a physical illness or physical disability which prevents you from going to a polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV1 (see form).
  • Persons attending a course of study at an educational institution in the State on a full-time basis and are living away from their address of registration and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV2 (English version)(Irish Version)
  • Persons who, due to circumstances of work, are such as to make it likely that they are unable to go to a polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV2 (English version)(Irish Version)
  • Persons who, are employed as a Returning Officer and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV4 (English version)(Irish version)
  • Persons who, are employed as a Civil Servant outside the State and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form SVS5 (English version)(Irish version)
  • Persons who, are employed in The Defence Forces and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFC1 (see form)
  • Persons who, are employed with An Garda Síochána and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFB1 (see form)
  • Persons who, due to detention pursuant to an order of court will be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFG1 (English version)(Irish version)

Special Votes:

  • Electors who are living in a hospital or nursing home and have a physical illness/disability which prevents them from going to a polling station to vote may apply for inclusion in the Special Voter List so as to be able to vote at their hospital/nursing home. These persons must complete form SV1 (see form).

    Applications to be entered on the Special Voters List must be made by 25 November and, in the case of a first application, must be accompanied by a medical certificate.