• Other relevant links
• Register of Electors Contacts
Check the Register
Are you on the electoral Register in County Galway? Query the Electoral Register database online now, see https://www.checktheregister.ie.
Check to see if you are on the current Register of Electors
Register to Vote
Register to Vote, a secure online form where you can register to vote.
Your online registration is not complete until you confirm your details by entering the credentials we send to you by post.
The On-line Application Form on our web-site remains open to Friday February 5th at (April 13th) at 5.00pm. After this date please apply by post or in person to Register of Electors Galway County Council, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway.
Application forms (See on the attachment of this email all forms)
RFA5 Change of Citizenship Form
Supplement to the Register
The 2018/2019 Register of Electors comes into effect on the 15th February, 2018
A Supplement to the Register is published prior to an Election or Referendum. This allows persons who have not registered previously to apply for registration.
The Minister has signed the Polling Day Order fixing Friday, 25th May, 2018, as the day for taking the poll at the Referendum on the Thirty-sixth Amendment to the Constitution.
Please be advised of the following relevant dates in relation to the forthcoming Referendum:
• Closing date for the Supplement to the Register of Electors is Tuesday, 8th May, 2018.
• Closing date for the Supplement to the Postal Voters and Special Voters Lists is Saturday 28th April, 2018
If you are not registered, or if you are 18 years of age on or before the 15th February 2016 2018 and you have never Registered before, you can still register by completing the Supplementary RFA2 Form. If you have changed address, name or status, you can complete the Supplementary RFA3 Form.
A person who becomes an Irish citizen, who is not already on the register of electors, and who wishes to apply to be included in the supplement to the register of electors, should complete Supplementary RFA2 Form
A person who is already on the register of local, European or Dáil electors who has become an Irish citizen and wishes to be included in the supplement to the register of electors so that they can vote at Dáil and Presidential elections, and referendums, should complete Supplementary RFA5 Form.
Supplement to the Postal Voters’ List
There are various categories of Postal Voters’ Lists, including:
1. Defence Forces;
2. Garda Siochana;
3. Foreign Diplomats;
4. Disabled (Postal)- Persons who have a physical illness or physical disability, and who wish to vote by post from their own home, can also apply to go on the Supplement to the Postal Voters List by completing PVS1 Application Form. First time applicants must have the PVS1 Application Form certified by their G.P. / Medical Practitioner.
5. Circumstances of Occupation- People who are unable to attend at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment, can apply for postal votes, e.g. students, fishermen, airline pilots, company representatives, long distance drivers, employees with no fixed work base. Applicants must complete a PVS2 Application Form and have the part of the form relevant to their circumstances completed and stamped appropriately.
Completed forms should be returned to:
The Franchise Section,
Galway County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
It is a statutory function of Galway County Council to produce the Register of Electors but the onus is on each individual to check the Draft Register each year to ensure that they are correctly included.
PVS1 Postal Supplement Illness or Disability Bilingual
PVS2 Postal Supplement Occupation or Student
Register to Vote Booklet
Electoral Areas Map - This is a map showing the Electoral Area boundaries in County Galway
Polling Stations Map - Interactive Map of the locations of polling stations in County Galway
Constituency Map for Galway County Also shows DED and Townlands when zoomed in.
How Members of Local Authorities are Elected
Compilation of Register of Electors
The Council is responsible for the compilation of the Register of Electors (voting register) for County Galway (excluding city area). The Register comes into force on 15th February each year, and persons aged 18 years or over on that date, who are otherwise qualified can register to vote. The address at which a person is registered will be that at which he/she resides on the 1st September, preceding publication. Irish citizens have the right to vote in all elections, but non citizens will have this right limited to certain types of election only, depending on nationality. A person can register at one address only.
People who are unable to attend at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment can apply for postal votes, e.g. students, diplomats, gardai, army personnel, fishermen, airline pilots, company representatives. Persons who have a physical illness or physical disability, and who wish to vote by post from their own home, can also apply to go on the postal voters list. Persons who have a physical illness or physical disability, and who are ordinarily resident in a hospital, home or similar institution, can apply for inclusion on the special voters list, whereby the ballot paper is delivered to them at election time.
A draft register is published by the 1st November each year, and is made available at all Council offices, and also at libraries and post offices in the County, and the public are invited to check that they are properly registered. Persons can apply to make changes (claims) before the final register is printed. The last day for receipt of such claims is 25th November. Revision Claim Courts are held during December throughout the County to adjudicate on claims/submissions received, and are presided over by the County Registrar, who rules on the submissions made. Notices of such Courts are advertised in the local newspapers, and persons may attend these Courts if they so wish.
Supplement to the Register
When the date for an election/referendum is known, a supplementary register is prepared. This allows for people who are entitled to be included in the Register to apply for inclusion up to 14 days before Polling Day.
Ms. Marian Chambers Higgins
SVS5 - Postal Supplement - Diplomats
SV1 - Special Voters
RFG - Postal - Prisoners
RFC - Postal - Defence Forces
RFB - Postal - Garda
RFA3 - Change of Address
RFA2 - Supplement to Register of Electors
RFA1 - Claim for Correction in Draft
PV4 - Postal Supplement - Returning Officer
PV2 - Postal - Occupation or Student
PV1 - Postal - Illness or Disability