I moved house earlier this year but have not registered to vote at my new address. Is it too late for me to register to vote in the local elections next month?
You can still be added to the register for the local and European elections which will be held on Friday 23 May 2014.
The Register of Electors is published every year on 1 February but the closing date for submitting changes to the last draft Register was November 25 –before you moved to your new address.
Changes after this date are taken into account in a supplement to the Register of Electors and until 6 May you can apply to be added to the supplement for the upcoming elections.
You can check if you are on the register at checktheregister.ie or at your local authority, Garda station, post office or public library.
If you are on the register but your previous address is listed, you can have your new address added to the supplement by completing form RFA3. The form is available online at checktheregister.ie or from your local authority, post office or public library. This will also remove you from the register for your previous address.
If you check the register and find that you are not listed on the register, you can still apply be added to the supplement up to the closing date of 6 May 2014. In this case the form you use is called RFA2.
There is an earlier deadline of 26 April 2014 for changes to the supplement for postal voters. This may apply if you are not able to vote at a polling station because of your occupation, illness or disability, being in prison, or if you are studying full-time in Ireland but away from the address where you are registered to vote. The application form for inclusion in this supplement to the postal voters list is available from your local authority.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
Know Your Rights has been compiled by Thurles Citizens Information Centre, 34/35 Croke Street, Thurles which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 07 6510 Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm and Thursday night 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Information is also available online at www.citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.
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