Voting Rights

Every resident aged 18 and upwards is eligible to be on the register. A person must be a resident at the address they wish to be registered. Your Citizenship determines the type of elections you may vote in.

The Right to Vote is as follows:

  • Irish Citizens may vote at every Election/Referendum.
  • British Citizens may Vote at Dáil, European and Local Elections only.
  • Other EU Citizens may Vote at European and Local Elections only.
  • Non-EU Citizens may Vote at Local Elections only.

Register of Electors

The Register of Electors comes into force on 15th February each year and remains in force until 14th February of the following year.  The Register is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months. In order to be able to vote at an Election or Referendum, a person’s name must be entered on the Register of Electors for the locality in which they ordinarily reside. 

The Register of Electors can be viewed here at "Check the Register"

Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the Register.   A person must be ordinarily resident at the address at which he/she wishes to be registered.   Every adult resident in the state is entitled to be registered, their citizenship determines the type of elections they may vote in:

Supplement to the Register

If a person is not included in the Register of Electors currently in force, they may apply for entry in the supplement to the Register by completing an RFA2/RFA3 form, whichever is applicable.

Persons entered in the Supplement are entitled to vote at Elections/Referenda held during the duration of the Register in force if they match the criteria.  Any individual entered in the Supplement will automatically be entered in the Register of Electors published the following February.

The closing date for applications is 14 days before an election (excluding Sundays, Public Holidays and Good Friday.