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Register of Electors Frequently Asked Questions

Who is entitled to be registered?

What are the conditions of registration?

Do you have to be Irish to be registered?

I thought I would be automatically registered.

How is the register compiled?

If my name is not on the register have I lost my right to vote?

What if I cannot get to the polling station?

Can I be registered with more than one local authority?

How many people are on the Register of Electors in Co Kildare?

Am I entitled to a Postal Vote if I am on holidays the day of the election?

Can I register on line?

I did not receive my polling card, can I vote without it?


Who is entitled to be registered?

If you are living at an address on the qualifying date (1st September), then you are entitled to have your name entered on the register for the following year,  subject to certain conditions.

What are the conditions of registration?

You must be over 18 years on the date the register comes into force (15th February) and you must not be registered at another address in the State. So, if you were living at an address in County Kildare on 1 September 2017 you are entitled to be on the register of electors that is in force from 15th February 2018 to 14th February 2019.

Do you have to be Irish to be registered?

No. Everyone, irrespective of his/her nationality, is entitled to appear on the register. However, your citizenship does make a difference when it comes to what elections in which you have voting rights. Only Irish citizens may vote in presidential elections and referenda. If you are British you may vote in general, European and local elections. If you are a citizen of an EU country, other than the UK or Ireland, you may vote in European Parliament and local elections. Finally, if you are a citizen of a non-EU country, then you may only vote in local elections i.e. county council.

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I thought I would be automatically registered.

No, It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure that their name is entered on the register by forwarding their details to their local authority.

How is the register compiled?

A Draft Register is published on 1st November of each year and put on public display in local authority offices, post offices, libraries and Garda stations. You should check the draft register to ensure your details are correct. If any amendment is required to your details you must submit a request ("A Claim for Correction") to the local authority by 25 November. An application form (RFA1) for this purpose is available at the same locations as where the Draft is on display. All such requests are adjudicated upon by the County Registrar and the Draft Register updated with those that are allowed. The Register of Electors is published on 1st February of each year and comes into force on the 15th February.

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If my name is not on the register, as published on 1 February, have I lost my right to vote for the next twelve months?

No - you can apply to go onto the Supplement to the Register of Electors up to approximately 17 days (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays) before polling day in an election or referendum.

If your name does not appear on current register at any address in the state, an RFA2 form should be completed and submitted. 

If you reach the age of 18 years during the period between the register coming into force and polling day may also apply to go the supplement using the RFA2 form.

If you registered at a particular address in the state, but have moved in the interim and now wish to vote from your new address (provided it involves a change of constituency), an RFA3 form should be submitted.

What if I cannot get to the polling station?

Certain categories of person can apply to be entered on the special or postal voters list.   The various forms are available on request from our Franchise Section

(i) If you are resident in a hospital/nursing home, and are likely to remain so for the duration of the register, you may  apply to go on a Special Voters List. Form SV1 must be completed for this purpose.

(ii) If you are housebound, whether due to age or disability, and are likely to remain so for the duration of the register, you can apply for entry on the Postal Votes List. Form PV1 must be completed for this purpose.

(iii) If the nature of your job means that you may not be at home on polling day, then you are entitled to apply for a postal vote.  (Examples of "qualifying" jobs are airline pilots, fishermen or sales representatives. However, this is not an exhaustive list and all applications are examined on their merits). Form PV2 must be completed for this purpose.

(iv) Students attending an approved third level course in the State may apply for a postal vote. Form PV2 must be completed for this purpose.

Can I be registered with more than one local authority?

No - a person may only vote once and, therefore, a name should only appear once on a Register of Electors. You must decide where you want to be registered - e.g. if you are living in a flat/apartment in Dublin and "come home" for the weekend, you must decide whether to be registered at your weekday or weekend address.

How many people are on the Register of Electors in Co Kildare?

There are a total of 144,589 names on the 2017/2018 Register of Electors for County Kildare.

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Am I entitled to a Postal Vote if I am on holidays the day of the election?

No. You are not eligible for a postal vote in such circumstances.  The absence must be of a long term and persistant nature.

Can I register on line?

This facility does not exist at present, but the application can be downloaded from the Kildare County Council website http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Forms/RegisterofElectorsforms/, completed and returned to our offices at Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.

I did not receive my polling information card, can I vote without it?

This card is only for information purposes, it just tells you the date and time of voting and the polling station to attend.  It does not confer any right to vote nor can you be prevented from voting solely because the card does not arrive or you have misplaced it.  The criterium for being allowed to vote is that you are entered on the current register of electors or the supplement to same.  All electors, whether they have received a polling information, or not, should bring photographic ID with you e.g. Passport, Drivers Licence, Bus Pass or Work ID.

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