#UseYourVote: Here are the main things you need to know for polling day

Your handy voting guide

Polling day is tomorrow but before you head off to your polling station, you may have a couple of questions that need answering.

Here's a few of the most frequently asked of those questions:

What do I do on Friday 26th?

  • If you are registered to vote, (check the register here) a polling card will be sent to your home before Friday February 26th
  • Your polling card will include your elector number and will tell you where you can vote.
  • Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
  • On Polling day, you must go to the polling station stated on your polling card.

I am registered but I never received my polling card?

  • Don’t worry! You can still vote.
  • Contact your local authority (details here) and ask them where you local polling station is, or just ask your neighbour!
  • Bring photographic I.D. to that polling station and you will receive a ballot paper.

How to vote

  • When you arrive at the polling station, you will be asked to state your name and address and you may be asked to prove your identity.
  • If you are asked to prove your identity and you cannot do so, you may not be allowed to vote.
  • You will then go into a voting compartment. The names of the candidates in the election appear in alphabetical order on the ballot paper along with an indication of their political party, if any. A photograph of the candidate and/or a party emblem may also appear on the ballot paper.
  • You must indicate the order of your choice of candidates by writing 1 in the box beside the photograph of your first choice of candidate and, if you wish, write 2 beside the photograph of your second choice of candidate, 3 beside the photograph of your third choice and so on.
  • When you vote this way, you are instructing the returning officer to transfer your vote to your second choice candidate if the first choice is either elected or eliminated. If your second choice candidate is either elected or eliminated, your vote will be transferred to your third choice and so on. This is known as a single transferable vote.
  • Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or your vote will be declared spoiled.
  • Fold the ballot paper and place it in the sealed ballot box.
  • You can only vote once


You must bring a valid form of personal identification, such as a:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Employee identity card containing a photograph
  • Student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
  • Travel document containing name and photograph
  • Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing your address in the constituency or electoral area
  • Public Services Card
  • Cheque book and another document containing your address in the constituency
  • Cheque card and another document containing your address in the constituency
  • Credit card and another document containing your address in the constituency
  • Birth certificate and another document containing your address in the constituency
  • Marriage certificate and another document containing your address in the constituency


Citizens Information has stated that there are a variety of arrangements in place to assist those with certain disabilities in Ireland to exercise their voting rights. You can:

  • vote at an alternative polling station if the local station is inaccessible
  • be helped to vote at the polling station by a companion or the presiding officer
  • vote by post
  • vote at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution if you live there.

At least one of these facilities is available to you if you have a physical illness or disability, a visual impairment or a reading or writing disability.

Some Do’s and Dont's

  • Under electoral law you may not wear any badges or emblems in, or around your polling station. Please remove them before you arrive at your polling station.
  • Please respect the privacy of the ballot – do not take photos inside, or around the polling station.
  • Do not doodle or write anything on your ballot paper, this might spoil your vote. 

These are the basics but if you have any further questions on voting, elections or rules, you can check out the Department of the Environment website for more information or Citizens Information.

Please #useyourvote.