REGISTER OF ELECTORS
A new Register of Electors is compiled each year, and the draft of this is published on the 1st of November. You can be included on the draft register by completing Form RFA and returning it to Kilkenny County Council. You can inspect the Draft Register during working hours at the offices of the County Council or the County Registrar and public libraries, post offices and Garda stations. The public is invited to check the Draft Register to make sure they are correctly registered.
You have until the 25th November to make a correction or have your name included on the Register. The Live Register of Electors is then published on 1st February of the following year and comes into force on the 15th February.
To be able to vote in an election or referendum, a person's name must be entered in the register of electors for the locality in which the elector ordinarily resides.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered.
Who can vote?
The registration authority needs to know a person's citizenship to determine the elections at which they may vote.
The right to vote is as follows:
- Irish citizens have full voting rights and may vote in every election and referendum;
- British citizens may vote at Dáil, European and Local Elections;
- EU citizens (other than British citizens) may vote at European and Local Elections;
- Non-EU citizens may vote at Local Elections only.
Conditions for Registration
- Age: a person must be at least 18 years of age on the day the register comes into force (15th February). Every resident aged 18, and upwards is entitled to be on the register.
- Citizenship: while every adult resident is entitled to be registered, the registration authority needs to know a person's citizenship because this determines the elections a person may vote in. The qualifying date for citizenship is 1st September preceding the coming into force of the register. The right to vote is as follows:
- Irish citizens may vote in every election and referendum;
- British citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections;
- Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections;
- Non-EU citizens may vote in local elections only.
- Residence: a person must be ordinarily resident at the address in question on 1st September preceding the coming into force of the register.
A person may be registered at one address only. If a person has more than one address (e.g., a person living away from home to attend college or in connection with employment), the registration authority should be told which address the person wishes to be registered for.
A person who leaves his/her ordinary residence with the intention of returning there within eighteen months can continue to be registered there, subject to the over-riding condition that a person may be registered at one address only.
A person who is absent on a temporary basis from his/her ordinary address, for example on holiday, in a hospital or in the course of employment, should be registered for that address.
A visitor or person staying temporarily at the address should not be registered.
If a person is not included in the register of electors currently in force but considers that he/she qualifies for registration, the person may apply for entry in a supplement to the register which is published prior to polling day at each election and referendum. To apply, fill out the application form for entry to the Supplement Form RFA2. To qualify, a person must meet the citizenship, residence and age requirements which apply to the register concerned.
Application for entry in the supplement must be received by the registration authority at least 14 working days before polling day in order to be considered for that election or referendum. If a person is on the register but has changed address (to a different Local Electoral Area ) then Form RFA3 should be completed and returned to the registration authority at least 14 working days before polling day. The closing date for postal voters to be included in the supplement is two days after the order for an Election or Referendum is signed and Form PVS1 should be completed.
The closing date for Special Voters to be included in the Supplement is two days after the order for an Election or Referendum is signed and Form SVS1 should be completed. Persons entered in the supplement are entitled to vote at elections/referenda held during the currency of the register.
Postal Voters List
Registration authorities prepare a postal voters list as part of the register of electors. Applications for inclusion in the list must be received by 25th November at the latest. 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 Form PV1
- electors who are unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of occupation etc.: employees and students etc. Form PV2
- whole-time members of the Defence Forces who live in military barracks may be registered either in 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. 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 Form SV1.
Applications to be entered on the special voters list must be made by 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
Electors on the special voters list vote by marking a ballot paper delivered to them by a special presiding officer accompanied by a Garda.
The most current and up to date Register of Electors, voter application forms are available on the CheckTheRegister.ie website
All enquiries regarding the Register of Electors should be made to:-
Kilkenny County Council,
Kilkenny. Tel: 056 7794070