Constituencies for the European Parliament elections 2019 – consequential revisions to the Laois Register of Electors pursuant to section 18 of the Electoral Acts 1992
Section 15 (3) of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that a registration authority must publish details of any corrections to the Register within the period specified for same, i.e. from 1st to 15th February and that such corrections will be deemed to form part of the Register of Electors and any supplement prepared in relation to same.
Constituencies for European Parliament elections are specified in the Third Schedule to the European Parliament Elections Act 1997. The European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2019, published on 4th February 2019, gives effect to constituency changes for the European Parliament Elections 2019, as recommended in the Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2018.
In the case of County Laois which was previously in the European Parliament Constituency of Midlands-North-West, please note that it will now be part of the South Constituency at the 2019 European Parliament Elections.
Are you on the Register of Electors?
The Register of Electors 2019/2020 was published on 1st February 2019 and came into force on 15th February 2019 for a period of one year. The Register is available for inspection at the Offices of Laois County Council, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and Health Centres.
You can check if you are on the Register at www.checktheregister.ie If you are not on the Register and you wish to vote in the upcoming Local and European Elections and Referenda, you can now apply for inclusion on the Supplement to the Register of Electors 2019/2020. You can also apply to change your address on the Supplement. Application forms for inclusion on the Register or to change your details are available from Corporate Affairs Department at Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois, Tel no (057) 8664105 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on www.checktheregister.ie Application forms for inclusion on the Supplement to the Register of Electors must be completed and returned by 5pm on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
If you are currently on the Register of Electors as a Local, European or as a Dáil elector (British citizen) and have since 1st September 2018 become an Irish Citizen, you may apply for entry on the Supplement to the Register of Electors on the basis of becoming an Irish Citizen by completing the RFA5 form
The following forms can also be downloaded here:
Postal & Special Voters List
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.
Application forms for inclusion on the Supplement to the Postal and Special Voters List are also available from Corporate Affairs Department (see details above)and must be completed and returned in this instance by 28th April 2019