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Referendums - Polling Day Order

Published on Thursday, 02 Apr 2015

Referendums - Polling Day Order

02/04/15

Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015, Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President) Bill 2015

 

Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has today (2 April 2015) made an order appointing Friday, 22 May 2015 as the polling day for the referendums on the proposals for the amendments of the Constitution contained in the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 and the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President) Bill 2015.

Polling will take place between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. The total electorate currently stands at some 3.1 million. “Whatever your views are on the proposals in the referendums, can I take this opportunity to encourage voters to go to their polling station during this 15 hour period on 22 May and have your say in the outcome of the referendums”, the Minister said.

To vote in the referendums you must be an Irish citizen who meets the qualifying conditions, including a requirement to be 18 years or over on polling day and ordinarily resident at the address at which you want to register.  If you are on the register and have moved address recently, you may apply to get on the supplement at your new address. 

Eligible voters who are not on the register and wish to vote at the referendums should complete a supplement application form, which is available from City, County or City and County Councils (these are the registration authorities) and on-line at www.checktheregister.ie. Completed forms must be received by the registration authority for the area in which you reside by Tuesday, 5 May 2015.

An application for inclusion in the supplement to the Register must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a member of the Garda Síochána from the applicant’s local Garda station who must first be satisfied as to the person’s identity before signing, dating and stamping the form.  The Garda may request photographic or other identification.  Where the applicant establishes in writing that he is unable to progress the application in this way, the form can be signed by the applicant in the presence of an official of the registration authority who is satisfied as to his or her identity.  Again, photographic or other identification may be required.  If neither option is viable due to physical illness or physical disability, the application form must be accompanied by a medical certificate. 

If a person is eligible to vote by post, or is unable to vote in person due to a physical illness or physical disability and is resident in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution, and they are not on the Postal Voters List or Special Voters List, as appropriate, they can apply up to Saturday 25 April 2015 for inclusion in the supplements to those lists. Application forms are available from City, County or City and County Councils who will advise people of the appropriate arrangements for the completion of the relevant form.

The Minister has appointed Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile, a Principal Officer in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, to be the referendum returning officer for the referendums. The Minister also took the opportunity to encourage Local Returning Officers, when making their arrangements for the conduct of the polls, to consider employing unemployed people on polling day and at the subsequent counts in each constituency.

“While the efficient conduct of the polls and the count is clearly dependent on having sufficiently skilled and experienced people, I would ask all Local Returning Officers to consider employing suitable persons who are unemployed”, the Minister said.

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