Ireland’s Electoral System
Voting at Presidential, Dáil, Seanad, European and Local elections is by secret ballot on the principle of proportional representation in multi seat constituencies (Ireland is a single constituency at a Presidential election), each voter having a single transferable vote. Further information on the Electoral System and elections is available at:
Please note that the information leaflets available in PDF format above are intended as a practical guide and are not a definitive interpretation of electoral law. They set out the law as at September, 2006. Any legislative changes made after that date will be notified here. A number of the leaflets are also available in a selection of languages on the Department’s website.