Watch: Am I eligible to vote?


Rory Walsh
Rory Walsh

17.19 16 Jan 2020


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Am I eligible to vote?

Are you unsure of whether you are eligible to vote in General Election 2020? Do you think you might need to be added to the supplementary register?

Presenter, Susan Keogh guides you through the steps you might need to take to ensure your vote will count.

Check online

General Election 2020 takes place on Saturday, February the 8th. If you voted in the Local or European Elections in May or the by-election in November, you will be all set to vote in the upcoming election as well.

If you want to check that your name is definitely on the electoral register, you can do so online at checktheregister.ie

Newly registered?

But if you’re one of those who registered to vote recently or changed your details since the last ballot, then it's not as straightforward. And that's because the updated electoral register won't be valid until the 15th of February. And as we know, this election is taking place on the 8th of February.

The good news is you still have time to re-apply to vote. But the bad news is, you don't have a whole lot of time. So if voting in this general election is important to you, here's the steps you really need to take.

Step 1

Call your local authority where you live and they'll tell you the form that you need. If you already know which form you need, you can download it here: http://www.checktheregister.ie/PublicPages/Default.aspx

Step 2

Print it out, don't sign it, bring the form, yourself and photo ID to your Garda station and sign it there. Then put it in the post and get it back to your local authority by the deadline, which is Wednesday the 22nd January at close of business.

And that will ensure that you can vote on Saturday, the 8th of February in General Election 2020.

 


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