You can check if you are registered to vote through the online Check the Register service.
The Live Register is published on February 1st each year and comes into force on February 15th. It is used at each election and referendum held in the following 12 months. Being on the Live Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in ALL elections. To check which elections you can vote in please check your Election Type on your personal details screen. For inclusion in the Register of Electors you must complete a RFA Application Form RFA Irish Form. Printed copies of the Live Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.
The Draft Register is published on November 1st each year. It forms the basis of the next Live Register. You should ensure that your details are correct on the Draft Register. If these details are incorrect you should apply to have them corrected as soon as possible by completing and submitting a RFA1 Application Form, RFA1 Application Notes, RFA1 Irish Form. This must be done by 25th November. Printed copies of the Draft Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.
Postal Voters List
A postal voters list is prepared each year as part of the register of electors. Applications for inclusion in the list must be made to the Registration Authority each year before 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate. An elector whose name is entered in the postal voters list may only vote by post at an election or referendum.
The following categories of persons can be registered as postal voters:
• electors with a physical illness or disability who are living at home PV1 Application Form, PV1 Application Notes, PV1 Irish Application Form.
• electors who are unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of occupation etc., employees and students etc. PV2 Application Form, PV2 Application Notes, PV2 Irish Application Form.
• whole-time members of the Defence Forces members who live in military barracks may be registered either at the barracks or at their home address
• Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses – they are registered at their home address in Ireland.
Members of the Garda Siochana (police force) have the option of being registered as ordinary electors or as postal voters. In either case, they are registered at their home address. An elector registered as a postal voter may vote by post only and may not vote at a polling station.
Special Voters List
Registration authorities also prepare a list of special voters as part of the register of electors. Voters with physical disabilities or illness who are residing in a Nursing Home or Hospital are included in this list. In order to qualify, an elector’s physical disability must be likely to continue for the duration of the register and prevent him/her from going to the polling station to vote. To apply fill out the application form for entry into the Special Voters List SV1 Application Form, SV1 Application Notes, SV1 Application form in Irish.
Applications to be entered on the special voters list must be made to the Registration Authority by 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
If your circumstances have changed since the last Live Register was produced you may apply to be added to a Supplementary Register. The Supplementary Register is generated after an election/referendum has been announced. This allows for people who may be entitled to be included on the Register to apply for inclusion up to 14 days before Polling Day. The Supplementary Register would typically consist of electors who will be 18 years old by the date of the election/referendum or electors who have changed address since the last Live Register was published.
Persons who are not registered to vote must complete the RFA2 Supplement To Register Of Electors English Application Form, RFA2 Application Notes, RFA2 Irish Form.
Persons who are already registered but were not a citizen of Ireland on the qualifying date for that register but subsequently became a citizen of Ireland RFA5 Application Form, RFA5 Application Notes.
Application for Inclusion in the Supplement to the Postal Voters’ List by Persons with a Physical Illness or a Physical Disability PVS1 Application Form, PVS1 Application Notes, PVS1 Application Form in Irish.
Application for Inclusion in the Supplement to the Postal Voters’ List – Electors unable to Vote at their Polling Station Due to Circumstances of Occupation etc. (Including Certain Students) PVS2 Application Form, PVS2 Application Notes, PVS2 Irish Application Form.