Register of Electors
The Register of Electors comes into force on 15th February each year and remains in force until 14th February of the following year. The Register is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months. 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 they ordinarily reside. Being on the Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in all elections – please see “Voting Rights” below.
Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the Register. A person must be ordinarily resident at the address at which he/she wishes to be registered. Every adult resident in the state is entitled to be registered, their citizenship determines the type of elections they may vote in:
Referenda Only - Only Irish citizens can vote in referenda, e.g., to vote for or against a proposal to modify the Irish Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann).
Presidential Only - Only Irish citizens can vote in Presidential Elections.
Elections for Dail Eireann – Both Irish and British citizens can vote in elections for Dáil Eireann
Elections for the European Parliament – Irish, British and other European Union (EU) citizens can vote in elections for the European Parliament.
Elections for Local Government – Irish, British, EU and non-EU citizens can vote in Local Elections.
Supplement to the Register
If a person is not included in the Register of Electors currently in force, they may apply for entry in the supplement to the Register by completing an RFA2/RFA3 form, whichever is applicable.
Persons entered in the Supplement are entitled to vote at Elections/Referenda held during the duration of the Register in force if they match the criteria. Any individual entered in the Supplement will automatically be entered in the Register of Electors published the following February.