Franchise (Register of Electors)
To apply to be registered, fill out the registration form (Form RFA in either the English or Irish version) and return it to your local authority. The register comes into force on 15 February and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months. Registration forms are generally available from local authorities, urban councils, garda stations, post offices and libraries. Once the form is completed, please return it to the following address:
Cork County Council,
Conditions for Registration
In order to be listed in the Register of Electors, you must fulfill the following conditions:
You must be at least 18 years on the day the register comes into force (15 February). Each resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the register.
While every adult resident is entitled to be registered, the registration authority needs to know a person's citizenship, because this determines the elections in which a person may vote. The qualifying date for citizenship is 1 September, preceding the coming into force of the register. The right to vote is as follows:
- Irish citizens may vote at every election and referendum.
- British citizens may vote at Dáil, European and local elections.
- Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections.
- Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections only.
You must ordinarily be resident at the relevant address on 1 September preceding the coming into force of the register. You may be registered at one address only. If a you have more than one address - for example, if you are living away from home to attend college or in connection with employment - the registration authority should be told the address for which you wish to be registered.
If you leave your ordinary residence with the intention of returning there within 18 months you can continue to be registered there, subject to the overriding condition that you may be registered at one address only. If you are absent temporarily from your ordinary address, such as on holiday, in hospital or absent for employment purposes, you should be registered for that address. A visitor or person staying temporarily at the address should not be registered.