General Information

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:

Guide to Ireland Electoral System

How the President is Elected

How the Dáil is elected

How the Seanad is elected

How Irelands MEP’s are elected

How Members of Local Authorities are elected

The Referendum in Ireland 

Laois County Council Register of Electors Privacy Statement


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.

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