Register of Electors

1st September:    Qualifying date for electors

1st November:     Publication of Draft Register

25th November:   Last day for Claims

30th November:   Publication of List of Claims

1st February:        Publication of Register

The register comes into force on the 14th day after publication.  Irish Citizens may vote at every election and referendum.  British Citizens may vote at Dail, European and Local elections.  Other EU Citizens may vote at European and Local Elections.  Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections only.

Provision of Information Leaflets in various Languages

Information leaflets on the Register of Electors are now available in the following 17 languages:

Please click on the relevant link below to view further details.


Multi Lingual Card(473KB)

Register of Electors – English(281KB)

How Members of Local Authorities are Elected - English(438KB)

Register of Electors – Irish(227KB)

How Members of Local Authorities are Elected - Irish(462KB)


Register of Electors (other languages)

How Members of Local Authorities are Elected (other languages)

Additional information available on Department website -

Special Voters

People who are unable to attend at Polling Stations to vote, are entitled to vote:

  • by post if at home.
  • by special Presiding Officer if in a Nursing Home or Hospital.

The closing date for Registration as a Special Voter is November 25th.

Postal Votes

The categories for voting by post are:

  • Defence Forces
  • Gardaí
  • Civil Servants working abroad
  • Special Voters as above
  • Workers or students away from home and certified by the relevant employer or Educational Institution.  (This is a recent addition to the Categories).
  • Persons unable to vote in person because of the circumstances of their detention in prison pursuant to an Order of a Court.


To qualify for entry on the Supplement to the Register of Electors a person must:

  • not be on the Register of Electors anywhere already
  • be 18 years or over by polling day
  • be resident in the city

The closing date for applications is 14 days before an election (excluding Sundays, Public Holidays and Good Friday).

As well as the normal Register a supplement is also available for Postal and Special Voters.  The closing date for these is the Dissolution of the Dail or the making of the Order for a Presidential Election or Referendum.


Is féidir an seoladh a bheith as Gaeilge I gClár na dToghthóirí ag éinne go dteastaíonn sé seo uatha.

Facts and Figures

2018/2019 Register of Electors

The largest electoral area is the South East with 20,167 electors. The smallest is the North East with 10,640  electors. There are 43,359 City Dáil Electors in the North Central Constituency. In the South Central Constituency there are 37,550 City Electors. These Dáil figures are for the revised Dáil boundaries which came into effect for Dáil Elections 2016.