Register of Electors Information
Register of Electors
Update on Register of Electors 2022/2023
The Draft Register will be published on 1st November 2021. To be included on the Draft Register completed RFA forms should be returned to Galway County Council no later than 13th October 2021. Forms are now available at Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and Galway County Council Offices and online at www.galway.ie
Franchise, Galway County Council, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway H91 H6KX
Following publication of the Draft Register of Electors on 1st November 2021 all claims for corrections in the Draft Register must be submitted on or before 25th November 2021.
The Register of Electors 2021-2022 published on 1st February 2021 comes into force for a period of 12 months beginning on 15th February 2021.
Register of Electors
Galway County Council is responsible for the compilation of the Register of Electors (voting register) for County Galway (excluding city area). The Register of Electors (also called the Live Register) is published on 1st February each year and comes into force for a period of 12 months beginning on 15th February of each year.
To check if you are on the register check https://www.checktheregister.ie.
Who Can Vote?
Persons aged 18 years or over on 15th February, 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. A person can register at one address only.
Irish citizens have the right to vote in all elections. Non-citizens will have this right limited to certain types of election only, depending on nationality. The right to vote is as follows:
- Irish Citizens: May vote at every election and referendum
- British Citizens: May vote at Dáil and Local Elections only
- Other EU Citizens: May vote at European & Local Elections only
- Non - EU Citizens: May vote at Local Elections only
People who are unable to attend at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment can apply for postal votes. 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.
Various categories of persons can seek registration as postal voters:
- The Defence Forces
- An Garda Síochána
- Diplomats serving abroad
- Certain disabled voters living at home
- Persons who cannot attend at their own polling station by reason of their occupation/education
- Persons who reside in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution can apply for inclusion on the Special Voters List.
The latest date by which applications must be received is 25th November.
A new application must be made for each year.
A draft register is published by the 1st November each year, and is made available at all Council offices, and also at libraries, post offices and Garda Stations in the County. 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 an election or referendum is called, a supplementary register is prepared to allow people to register in time for the election or referendum. The deadline for applications for inclusion on this Supplement is 14 days before Polling Day (excluding Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday). After this deadline, a person will not be registered in time to vote but will be registered after the election or referendum.
A person automatically transfers from the Supplement to the Live Register when the new Live Register comes into force on 15th February. A new Supplement will be created when the next election or referendum is called.
Register of Electors Forms
Applications for Postal Vote
- Person with physical illness or physical disability PV1
- Occupation or students PV2 en
- The Defence Forces
- An Garda Síochána RFB
- Diplomats serving abroad SV5 Diplomats
- Prisoner RFG en
- Resident of hospital or nursing home SV1
Application by a person already registered who becomes an Irish citizen RFA5 RFA5 en
Register to Vote Online
Register to vote on the secure online form: Register to Vote
Your online registration is not complete until you confirm your details by entering the credentials, we send to you by post.
A Map for Elections - An interactive Map showing the relevant layers for election purposes including Dáil Constituency boundaries, Local Electoral Area boundaries, Townland boundaries and Polling Station locations.
Further information on the Register of Electors, the election process in Ireland and voting can be found on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s website. Information leaflets in different languages are also available.
Check the Register - Check if you are on the voting register. https://www.checktheregister.ie.