Frequently Asked Questions

 

I can't find myself on the online register?

In order to comply with Data Protection regulations, our system is set up to only confirm exact details that are inputted on the query page.  

- Have you highlighted the correct townland from the dropdown list?

- Have you tried to search for your details by entering your Eircode?

- Have you entered your full Christian name and Surname e.g., Anthony McVeigh could be entered as Tony McVeigh?

- The entries on the register are what is put on your form, some electors have a given name but go by another name e.g., Margaret but is known as Peggy.

- You could have put Patrick on your form and are searching under Paddy or Pat.

- Surnames beginning with O’Reilly, McMahon/Mac or Irish names could have spaces or fada’s e.g., Ó Bradaigh or Uί Bhroin.

- Middle names may be initialised.

- Hyphenated names could have a space or a hyphen.

If you applied recently (since January) you may be included in a Supplement to the Final Register. The Supplement does not display online. Please contact the Register of Electors Section to check your details on the Supplement.

 

Why was my name taken off the Register?

- RFA forms are periodically delivered to householders for completion and returned to us so the register can be updated.   If you are not included on this form your name may be removed from the Register as only persons listed as ordinarily residing at the address are included on the Register.

- Your polling card may have been returned indicating that you are no longer resident.

 

I sent in a 'Change of Address form' (RFA3) yet I am still listed at my previous address?

Once the Register comes into force on 15th February each year it cannot be amended.   Your details will be changed in the background and if an election/referendum is called during the life of the Register you will not receive a polling card for your previous address.

 

I will be 18 after Register comes into force on 15th February but will be 18 before Polling Day, can I be included on the Register?

You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA2), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

I have changed address after the Register came into force on 15th February, can I be included on the Register at my new address if an Election/Referendum is called?

You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA3), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

I am on the Register and have now become an Irish Citizen after the Register came into force on 15th February, can my citizenship be changed on the Register if an Election/Referendum is called?

You can complete an application form (RFA5) for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors, having the form witnessed at a Garda Station and must attach evidence of your Irish citizenship, for example, a copy of your Certificate of Naturalisation or the relevant page in your Irish Passport.

 

I applied to be included on the Supplement but cannot see myself online?

The Supplement is not published online. You should contact the Register of Electors Section if you want to confirm that your details are correct.

An Election/Referendum is called and I am not registered, can I vote?

No. You must be on the Register to be able to vote.

 

What does Election type mean?

- Resident Irish Citizens may vote at every election and referendum

- Resident British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections only

- Other resident EU Citizens may vote at European and local elections only

- Resident Non-EU Citizens may vote at local elections only

How can I check the Draft Register?

 - on our website at www.checktheregister.ie
 - By calling the Register of Electors Section on (021) 4924107 / 4924108 / 4924109
 - In person at the Civic Offices in Cork City Council
 - In Person at your local library, Post Office or Garda Station

 

Where can I get a copy of the Register?

A copy of the full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Cork City Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail" in this FAQ.

I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail?

Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

  

Is there anything I can do if it is Polling Day and I have not received my Polling Card?

Firstly you should contact our office at (021) 4924107 / 4108 / 4109 and clarify that you are registered at your correct address and have the correct status/nationality.  Once these two details have been confirmed as correct, you can then be given directions to the correct Polling Station in order for you to use your vote.

I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

- Passport

- A current Driving Licence

- An Employee identity card containing a photograph

- A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph

- A Travel document containing name and photograph

- A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address

- A temporary Residence Certificate card

- A cheque card*

- A credit card*

- A birth certificate*

- A marriage certificate*

 

*The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

 

If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

 

I have a disability - what special arrangements have been put in place for me?

The website of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government contains information for voters with disabilities 

Information for Voters with Disabilities

Where can I find my Local Polling Station?

Your polling location will appear on your polling card, which will be issued before elections and referenda. You can also check by contacting the Register of Electors Section.

Who are my Current Local Councillors?

Check the Register 

Voter Application Forms 

Voting Rights 

Contact Details