Frequently Asked Questions
Who can Run for Election in Local Elections?
Anyone who lives in Ireland and is over the age of 18 can run for election. If they are part of a registered political party the party can nominate them directly, if they are an independent candidate then they only need to get 15 local signatures, or lodge a deposit of €100, to be on the ballot sheet.
Who Can Vote?
Everybody over 18, who ordinarily lives in Ireland, and is on the voters register can vote in local elections.
How Do I Know if I’m Registered to Vote?
You can check if you are registered to vote by clicking here: https://www.checktheregister.ie/ and following the directions there. You can also call your local authority and ask to be put through to the “Franchise Office” and they will check to see if you are on the register.
What Do I Do if I’m Not Registered to Vote?
If you are not registered to vote you can fill in this form: https://www.checktheregister.ie/appforms/RFA2_English_form.pdf and so long as you get it filled in, stamped by your local Garda station, and delivered to your local authority before the deadline, you will be able to vote on election day.
When is the Deadline to Register to Vote?
Thursday 7 May 2019 is the last possible day to get registered, but it’s important to get these in as early as possible to make sure that you are registered.