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FAQs

I have filled out the form to be registered to vote so why can I not find my details on Check the Register?

There are a number of possible reasons you may not be able to find your details:
• The spelling of an address may be different to the address on Check the Register. E.g. Ballymain instead of Ballymaine. You should ensure that you have selected the correct Townland/Street from the Drop Down List.
• Has your house got a Number? If so, enter this house number where requested.
• Did you enter your FULL first name and surname? Have you entered the correct first name? Did you apply to be registered as Joe or Joseph? Marie or Maria?
• Check for Surnames with O’, Mac and Mc in terms of spacing in between e.g. O’Kelly or O Kelly? McCarthy or Mc Carthy?
• Variation in spelling of names, e.g. Brown-Browne, Mahony-Mahoney, Linda-Lynda.
• Did you try to access your details by entering the Eircode for your residence?.
It may also be that your completed Registration Form has not yet been received or processed by the local authority. If you are in doubt please check with your local authority.

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