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Check the Register before November 25th

Now is the time to check if your name is on the register before 25 November 2020


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The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are currently running a ‘Value Your Vote’ campaign, encouraging everyone to make sure they are listed on the Draft Register of Electors to ensure they can vote in an election in Ireland.

The Draft Register of Electors is published on the 1st of November each year. This shows a list of the people included on the official Register of Electors on the 15th of February the following year.

If you have not registered to vote, or if you need to update your details, let your local council know before 25 November 2020 in order to make sure your details will be correct on the official register next year.

Four simple steps to check the register

To check the register: 

  • Visit CheckTheRegister.ie and enter your details
  • First you will need to enter your province and your county council, and then enter your name and address
  • Make sure that your details are correct
  • If you notice any errors, or if your details have changed since you registered (for example, if you moved address), you can use this opportunity to update those details

This is also your chance to register for the first time if you have just turned 18, become a citizen or resident, or have never voted before.

How to register to vote in Ireland

There are two types of registers that you can apply to be on: the Draft Register of Electors, and the Supplementary Register.

You have the opportunity to get your name on the register every year by applying for the Draft Register of Electors. If there is an upcoming election or referendum and you want to register in time to vote, you can apply for the Supplementary Register. Learn more about registering to vote in Ireland.

How to apply to be listed on the Draft Register of Electors

The Draft Register of Electors is published on the 1st of November each year. This shows a list of the people included on the official Register of Electors on the 15th of February the following year.

If you need to change your details on the register, you can do this before November 25th each year. If there is a mistake with your entry, make sure to let your council know before the deadline.

To be included in the Draft Register, you must send in your application form before November 25th.

To be included in the Draft Register:

How to update your details on the register

If you have changed address or if any of your details on the register are incorrect, you can ask for this to be updated. This is important because your address determines which polling station you will go to in an election, and it is also where your polling card will be sent.

You can update your details via the RFA form, which you can find here.

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Published Novem­ber 20th2020
Last updated Novem­ber 30th2020
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