EU Elections – Registering to vote, eligibility & more

When are the elections?

  • The European elections take place every 5 years. This year the elections in Ireland took place on the 24th May 2019.

Who is eligible to vote?

  • Every Irish citizen and every citizen of another EU country who is resident in Ireland, aged 18 years or over and whose name appears on the register of electors, is entitled to vote.
  • A register of electors is compiled each year by the county or city council.

How do you register to vote?

  • The registration cut of date is the 7th May 2019 (least 15 days before polling day, excluding Sundays and public holidays).


  • To inform the authorities where they will vote for European Parliament elections, non-Irish EU citizens should contact their relevant local authority in Ireland or find more information online on the Citizens Information Page.


  • Citizens can apply at any time to be registered to vote. However, once the registration deadline has passed, voting in both local and European elections will not be possible this year.


  • To check if you’re on the register of electors go to the Check the Register website
  • If you are not registered, download a copy of the RFA2 form  or retrieve one from all local authorities, post offices and public libraries.

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