Check the Register
Registering to vote is now possible online at www.checktheregister.ie
Candidates are strongly encouraged to promote the use of ChecktheRegister.ie in all engagement with our citizens. This is the most efficient way for applicants to join the Register.
In addition, existing electors can apply to move address, check or update their details online at ChecktheRegister.ie
Use of PPSNs facilitates identity checking meaning that now, most people won’t have to visit a Garda station to have forms witnessed.
16- and 17-year-olds are able to pre-register online. These join a pending electors list and are automatically added to the Register when they turn 18.
Hard copy forms only need to be used where the applicant:
- doesn’t have a PPSN
- want to update your citizenship associated with their elector status
- want to apply for a special or postal vote
- want to make a third-party request for a change to the register
Forms are found at: www.checktheregister.ie/en-IE/forms
An Elector may be eligible for a postal vote or special voting arrangements in certain circumstances. There are certain criteria which must be met for each circumstance and these are outlined on the relevant forms.
Postal vote applications are available in the following circumstances;
- Where due to illness or disability you are unable attend your polling station on polling day.
- Where because of your work or because you are studying full-time in the State,you are unable to attend your designated polling station on polling day.
- Diplomats serving abroad.
- Whole time members of the Defence forces
- Members of the Garda Síochána
- Application for a postal vote for prisoners detained in prison.
- Application for a postal vote for if you are employed by the Returning officer for an electoral event.
- A person whose safety may be at risk can apply to be an anonymous elector and they would also vote by post.
Forms to be able to apply for a postal vote are found at: www.checktheregister.ie/en-IE/forms
No Fixed Abode
If an Elector does not have an address and they want to register to vote or update your information on the electoral register, please complete an ERF2 form. A copy of this application form can be found at www.checktheregister.ie/en-IE/forms
Check The Register Awareness Materials
The Council has a range of digital posters and social media videos in English and Irish to assist voter registration.
The Council also has a simple flyer (in both digital print, and digital web formats) which summarises the application process for various applicant types, available in 15 different languages.
These can be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates are responsible for their own print, design and distribution costs with these resources.