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On Polling Day: Q&As

Not sure how to go about voting on February 26th? Hopefully, we can help!

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What do I need to bring to the polling station?

You may be required to produce evidence of your identity at polling stations so you'll need to bring a form of ID to in order to vote. You should receive a polling card (if you don't, not to worry, you don't need it!) in the post in the run up to polling day which will have a full list of the types of ID you can bring with you but in case you don't receive a card, we've got the list here.

You can bring a valid form of personal identification, for example, a passport or driving licence, a student ID card (with a photo on it), an employee ID card (with a photo on it), a Public Services card, a Bank/Savings/Credit Union book with your local/constituency address on it. If you don't have any of these, you can bring a document with your address on it as well as a bank debit/credit card, cheque book, birth cert or marriage cert. 

Where is my local Polling Station?

This information is available on your Polling Card. But if you don’t have that, you can contact your local authority for the location of your Polling Station.

Who can vote?

  • You must be an Irish citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Your name must be on the Register of Electors.

If you’re not sure if you’re on the register, visit

The lovely people over at BelongTo made a handy video for any first time voters out there:


Voting is by secret ballot

Because of the importance of the ‘secret’ in the secret ballot (as outlined in the 1994 Referendum Act), the taking of selfies/ pictures of your ballot at polling stations is banned! And where a person is found guilty of an offence, such person shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €1,000.

While the taking of photographs is not specifically prohibited in electoral law, it is an offence to communicate at any time to any other person any information obtained in a polling station as to the manner in which a voter is about to vote or has voted.

What time can I vote at?

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on February 26th. It's a good idea to plan in advance what time you'll be voting at as it's a Friday and things can change. Trains and buses can be delayed etc., so try to be as organised as possible and have your ID ready the night before. 

What to wear?

The Polling Stations are neutral and not to be canvassed so it's a good idea to leave any political branded clothing at home!

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Published May 14th, 2015
Last updated February 24th, 2016
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