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8th of February Election - Register FAQs




I cannot find my details on Check the Register?

Here are possible reasons your details were not found:

  1. Address:

    • The house number was not entered where a house number applies.
    • There may be no Eircode for your dwelling in the Register of Electors particularly if you have a non-unique address.
    • The Address spelling maybe different in the Register of Electors to what you are entering e.g. Ballymain instead of Ballymaine.
    • A partial Address search may be beneficial e.g. Bally
    • Search is not case sensitive.

    If still unable to see your details, please contact your Local Authority.

  2. Name:

    • Have you entered your First Name and Surname?
    • Did you apply to be registered as Joe/Joseph, Marie/Maria, Brown/Browne, Mahony/Mahoney?
    • Does your surname start with O’, Mac or Mc e.g. O’Kelly or O Kelly? McCarthy or Mc Carthy?
    • A partial Name search may be beneficial e.g. Patr instead of Patrick.
    • Search is not case sensitive.

    If still unable to see your details, please contact your Local Authority.

  3. You applied for Supplement to Register of Electors, but your details are not displaying:

    You have applied to be on Supplement to the Register of Electors. Your details may not yet be showing. If you wish to check that you have been added to Supplement to the Register of Electors, please contact your Local Authority.

  4. You are not on the Register of Electors:

    If you are eligible you can apply for inclusion in the supplement to the register by completing an application form RFA2.
    Click here to download the RFA2 form.


  5. If your address has changed but this change is not reflected on Register:

    If you are on the Register of Electors but have moved address from one Dáil constituency or local electoral area to another, you can apply for inclusion in the supplement to the register by completing an application form RFA3. Return form to your Local Authority.
    Click here to download the RFA3 form.


What is the Live Register?

The Live Register is published on February 1st each year and comes into force on February 15th. It is used at each election and referendum held in the following 12 months. Being on the Live Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in ALL elections. To check which elections you can vote in please check your Election Type on your personal details screen. Printed copies of the Live Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.

What is the Draft Register?

The Draft Register is published on November 1st each year. It forms the basis of the next Live Register. If you have made an application (RFA Form) to the local authority to be included in the next register of electors and you are not included in the draft register published on 1 November, or if you are on the draft register but your details are incorrect, you should claim to have a correction made by completing the RFA1 Application Form and submitting it to your local authority by 25 November. Printed copies of the Draft Register are available to be viewed at local authority offices, Post Offices, Garda stations and libraries.

What is the Supplementary Register?

If your circumstances have changed since the last Live Register was produced you may apply to be added to a Supplementary Register. The Supplementary Register is generated after an election/referendum has been announced. This allows for people who may be entitled to be included on the Register to apply for inclusion up to 14 days before Polling Day. The Supplementary Register would typically consist of electors who will be 18 years old by the date of the election/referendum or electors who have changed address since the last Live Register was published. Persons who are not registered to vote must complete the RFA2 Application Form. Persons who are applying for a change of address must apply on the RFA3 Application Form. Persons who have become an Irish Citizen and are already registered must apply on the RFA5 Application Form