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Can't Make It Home To Vote On Polling Day? You Can Register For A Postal Vote If You Act Fast

By aidan

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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So it's on.

Enda has called the election, and the date – as so many expected – is Friday February 26. 

And while it's not quite as bad as the Thursday polling day some had predicted, there are still plenty of folks out there for whom this proves a very difficult day to get home and vote. You can't please everyone, after all.

But let's not get caught up in moaning – what can you actually do?

You have two options:

1. Change your address on the supplementary register

The first is to add yourself to the supplementary register, and vote in the constituency where you currently live. Obviously everyone has their own reasons for choosing where they want to cast their ballot – but if you don't have a very specific reason to vote 'at home', then this is definitely an option worth considering.

To do this, you need to fill out form RFA3, which is available which is available here, and submit this to your local authority 15 days before polling day (excluding Sundays). Bear in mind that you'll need to get the form stamped by your local garda station, for which you'll need proof of address and valid photo ID.

2. Register for a postal vote

To do this, you'll need to act fast. Reeeeally fast.

According to citizensinformation.ie, you're eligible for a postal vote if you can't make it to a polling station because:

  • Of a physical illness or disability
  • You are studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from your home address where you are registered
  • You are unable to vote at your polling station because of your occupation
  • You are unable to vote at your polling station because you are in prison as a result of an order of a court.

However, if you haven't already registered to vote in this way, you only have two days from the dissolution of the Dáil (ie, until Friday) to get Form PVS2 filled out by your employer or your college and get it back to your local authority.

You can download the form here.

And if you're not yet registered to vote at all?

You can still add yourself to the supplementary register – only you'll need to use Form RFA2, which can be downloaded here.

Be grand.

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