Voting - General

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What We Do

We are responsible for the legislation dealing with the registration of electors and the conduct of elections and referendums.

This involves:

  • an ongoing review of electoral law
  • review of constituencies and local electoral areas
  • the provision of information and advice to registration authorities, returning officers and the general public together with
  • the publication of election results.

For more detailed information you should consult the relevant constitutional and legislative provisions relating to electoral law, available on the Irish Statute Book website.

Register of Electors

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 person ordinarily resides. Registration authorities (county, city and city and county councils)  publish  the register of electors every year. The register comes into force on 15th February and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months.

Further information is available in the information leaflet Register of Electors (also available in a number of languages) or on the citizens information website.

Check the Register of Electors online

You can check if you are registered by going to the Check the Register website

New Irish Citizens

A person who becomes an Irish citizen, who is not already on the register of electors, and who wishes to apply to be included in the supplement to the register of electors, should complete form RFA2, which is available from local authorities or to download from checktheregister.ie

Form (RFA 5) is to facilitate voters who are already on the register of local, European or Dáil electors who have become Irish citizens and wish to be included in the supplement to the register of electors so that they can also vote at Dáil and presidential elections, and referendums.

Information for Voters with Disabilities

There are a variety of special arrangements in place to assist those with certain disabilities to exercise their right to vote. These include:

  • voting at an alternative polling station if the local station is inaccessible
  • postal voting
  • assistance in voting at the polling station by a companion or the presiding officer
  • vote at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution if you reside there and cannot go to polling station

Further information is available in the information leaflet - Information for People with Disabilities or on the citizens information website.

Ireland's PR-STV Electoral System

Voting at Presidential, Dáil, Seanad, European and local elections is by secret ballot on the principle of proportional representation in multi-seat constituencies (Ireland is a single constituency at a Presidential election), each voter having a single transferable vote. Further information is available in the information leaflet - Guide to Ireland's PR-STV System.

Contact Details

Franchise Section
Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Room 1.67
Custom House
Dublin 1

Phone: +353 (0)1 888 2424
Locall:1890 202021
(Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890(LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353 (0)1 888 2690
Email franchise@housing.gov.ie

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