On May 24th, there will be two elections happening in Ireland.  One is the local election for city and county councils. The other is the European election for the European Parliament.

Important Dates:

  • 28th April 2019 – Deadline for voters to be added to the Postal Register (Supplement)
  • 7th May 2019 – Deadline for Voters to register in the Register of Electors (Supplement)
  • 24th May 2019 – ELECTION DAY 7am- 10pm

Who can vote in those elections? 

For the European elections, anyone who is a EU citizen can vote.
For the local elections, anyone who is a resident in Ireland can vote, no matter if you are a citizen or not.

How to register?

If you don’t know if you are registered or not, you can verify the registry at checktheregister.ie to see if your name is there. If you need to amend information, in most cases you will need to bring a form to your local Garda station for identification.

I am not registered: You need the RFA2 Form – Download it here.

I need to update my address: You need the RFA3 form. Download it here

I recently became an Irish citizen: You need the RFA5 Form – Download it here.

My physical disability prevents me from going to the station: You need to register for a postal vote with the PVS1 form.-Download it here.

I am in the hospital, nursing home or institution: You need to register for a postal vote with the SVS1 form. Download it here.

I am a student or will be working during the vote: You need to register for a postal vote with the PVS2 form. Download it here.

How To Vote

  • About a week before the election you will receive a polling card by post, giving details of where and when you need to go to cast your Vote.
  • When you arrive at the polling station you bring the polling card, go to the desk to be identified and marked off the register. You may be asked for some identification.
  • You are then handed a ballot paper, which displays the names of the candidates in alphabetical order, their photographs and the political party (if any) to which they belong.
  • You then go to the booth and fill in your ballot paper, it is important to write 1 beside the name of your first choice, 2 beside the name of your second choice, 3 beside your third choice and so on as far as you wish to go.
  • Fold your ballot paper it and place it in the special box – the ballot box

Voting by proportional representation

You indicate your first choice by writing 1 opposite your first choice and 2 opposite your second choice, 3 opposite your third choice and so on. You may stop marking your paper after 1 or any subsequent preference or you may go right down the ballot paper until a preference has been given to all candidates ending with the candidate of your lowest choice.

When you vote like this, you are instructing the returning officer to transfer your vote to the second choice candidate if your first choice is either elected with a surplus of votes over the quota or is eliminated. If your second choice is elected or eliminated, your vote may be transferred to your third choice and so on.