CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF FORMS FOR INCLUSION IN THE POSTAL OR SPECIAL VOTERS LIST IS THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY 2020
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF FORMS FOR INCLUSION IN THE SUPPLEMENT TO THE LIVE REGISTER 2019/2020 IS WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY 2020
You must be ordinarily resident at the address at which you want to register and aged 18 years or over on polling day in order to vote. If you are on the register and have moved address recently, you may apply to get on the supplement to the register at your new address.
The right to vote is as follows:
Irish and British Citizens can vote at the general election.
Supplement application forms are available below.
If you registered to vote in County Laois after the 7th of May 2019(closing date for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors published for the Local Elections, 2019) and on or before 25th November, 2019 (closing date for inclusion in the 2020/2021 Draft Register of Electors), your name will be included in the Supplementary Register which will be published for the forthcoming General Election, if eligible.
Supplement to the Postal and Special Voters Lists.
If you are eligible to vote by post, or are unable to vote in person due to a physical illness or physical disability and resident in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution, and you are not on the Postal Voters List, you can apply for inclusion to the supplement to these lists. Application forms are available from Laois County Council. To request a form please contact Corporate Affairs on 057 86 64105 or 057 86 64094, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special voting arrangements apply in the case of the following electors:
- Members of the Defence Forces
- Members of An Garda Siochána
- Persons with a physical illness or physical disability living at home
- Persons unable to vote in person because of the circumstances of their occupation/education
- Persons with a physical illness or physical disability living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution
If you have any queries in relation to the Register of Electors, please contact Corporate Affairs as outlined above.
The Privacy Notice in relation to the Register of Electors can be viewed here.
FAQ – Register of Electors
When is the General Election Taking Place?
A General Election will take place on Saturday 8th February 2020 with polling between the hours of 7.00 am and 10.00 pm.
Who Can Vote in this General Election?
Only persons on the Register of Electors 2019-2020 (which remains in effect until 14 February 2020)or on the Supplement to the Register (which remains open up to and including Wednesday 22 January)can vote.
To be registered to vote at this election, you must be an Irish or British citizen, be ordinarily resident in the State and be 18 years or over on polling day.
How do I know if I am registered to vote?
- Check online at checktheregister.ie if your details are included on the 2019-2020 electoral register. Alternatively, you can check directly with Laois County Council. If your details are included correctly no further action is necessary.
- If your details are not included on the 2019-2020 register you should contact Laois County Council and check if your details are included in the supplement to the register of electors. If your details are included in the supplement to the register of electors no further action is required.
- If your details are not included in either the register or the supplement to the register you should obtain the appropriate application form from Laois County Council (or download it from checktheregister.ie) and complete the relevant form and, before signing the declaration, bring it along with photo ID to their local Garda station and sign it in the presence of a Member of An Garda Síochána, who will then stamp the form. Forms must reach Laois County Council on or before 22 January 2020 in order for you to be registered for this election.
What form do I need to complete to be included on the Supplement?
You can apply to be included on the Supplement to the 2019-2020 Register, which will enable you to vote at the 8 February election, and which remains open for applications up to and including Wednesday 22 January.
The forms have further details and are available at www.checktheregister.ie, or from Laois County Council, as follows:
- If you are not registered – use Form RFA2 to apply
- If you wish to change address – use Form RFA3 to apply
- If you are already registered and have since become an Irish citizen – use Form RFA5 to apply
Certification of identity is required for entry to the supplement:
- either by a member of the Gardaí at your local Garda Station, who will witness your signature and stamp your form; (if you can’t get to a Garda station contact Laois County Council for more information);
Please note that your form must be received by Laois County Council on or before Wednesday 22 January to be able to vote at the 8 February General Election.
What if I am unable to vote in person at my local polling station on the 8th of February?
*Deadline for application for Special or Postal Voters Supplement is today Thursday 16 January*.
Normally, you must vote in person at your local polling station, however certain categories of person can apply to be entered on a list of Special or Postal voters, and these include:
Those with a physical illness or physical disability living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution;
Persons living at home unable to vote at their polling station due to a physical illness or disability;
Persons whose occupation prevents them from voting at their local polling station on polling day, including full-time students registered at home but living elsewhere while attending an educational institution in the State;
Members of An Garda Síochána, whole-time members of the Defence Forces, Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses/civil partners, prisoners and certain election staff.
Applications for these categories of voters are also available at www.checktheregister.ie, or from Laois County Council.
Please note the deadline of Thursday 16 January for application for Special or Postal Voters Supplement.(This is to enable these Special and Postal voters lists to be prepared on order for postal votes to issue in time for their return to be included in the ballot for your relevant constituency).
You should contact Laois County Council as soon as possible if you fall under one of the above categories and wish to apply for a special or postal vote.