The Register of Electors

The 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 the Franchise Section of Waterford City and County Council. (See address below).

You can inspect the Draft Register during working hours at Customer Services of the City and County Council or the Offices of the County Registrar, at 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, using form RFA1. 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.

Note: The current Register is refective of the updates available at February 15th 2021.


Who can vote ?
Citizenship determines the elections at which an elector may vote. At present 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 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 and local elections;
  • Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections; (Applicants must also complete form EP1)
  • 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 visitor or person staying temporarily at an address should not be registered.


    Supplement

    If a person is not included in the register of elector’s 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 Department of Housing Planning and Local Government advises of latest actual dates for receipt of applications at the time of election or referendum. These are advertised nationally and locally).

    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. (The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government advises of latest actual dates for receipt of applications at the time of election or referendum. These are advertised nationally & locally. Note the closing date for receipt of Special/Postal applications for the supplement is always earlier than ordinary applications).


    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. The following are categories of postal voters:

  • electors with a physical illness or disability who are living at home may apply to be postal voters Form PV1.
  • electors who are unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of occupation etc.: employees and students etc. may apply to be postal voters Form PV2.
  • whole-time members of the Defence Forces who live in military barracks must be registered as postal voters; Form RFC.
  • Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses – must be registered as postal voters Form SV5.
  • Members of the Gardaí have the option of being registered as ordinary electors or as postal voters using form RFB1. In either case, they are registered at their home address.
  • An elector registered as a postal voter may vote by post only, and cannot, having registered to vote as a postal voter, choose to 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 annually 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 at their residential care facility by a special presiding officer accompanied by a Garda.


    Application Forms

    The most current and up to date Register of Electors, voter application forms are available on the Check the Register service at www.checktheregister.ie and this website's forms page.


    Checklist and Dates

  • October 31st – Closing date for receipt of applications to be included on the Draft Register of Electors.
  • Draft Register published Nov 1st.
  • November 25th – Closing date for receipt of applications to make changes/corrections (claims) to the draft register.
  • November 25th – Closing date for receipt of applications to be entered onto postal or special voters lists. (Annual application necessary).
  • Claims published Nov 30th.
  • Feb 1st - Publication of Live Register
  • Feb 15th - Register of Electors for the forthcoming year goes Live
  • Other changeable date: The Supplement – Actual dates advised by the Department of Housing Planning & Local Government at the time of the electoral event & advertised nationally & locally. (The rule is that the closing date for receipt of ordinary applications to the supplement is 14 working days before polling day and for postal and special voters 2 days after the date of the dissolution of the Dáil or in other cases 2 days after the polling day order is made).

  • Contact This Section

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    All enquiries regarding the Register of Electors should be made to:

    Franchise Section,
    Waterford City and County Council
    City Hall, The Mall
    Waterford X91 PK15

    Tel:0761 10 2822
    or email franchise@waterfordcouncil.ie