Voting


Ballot Box - Voting

Contents:

  1. Are you Registered?
  2. Postal and Special Voters
  3. Supplement to the Register
  4. Edited Register

Roscommon County Council is responsible for the Register of Electors for the county of Roscommon.

Any person aged 18 years or over on 15th February, is eligible to be on the Register. A person may be registered for one address only.

A Draft Register (pink) is published on 1st November each year and is made available at County Council Offices, Libraries, Garda Stations and Post Offices for inspection up to 25th November.

It is advisable for everybody to check the register during this period to make sure that all eligible members of the household are correctly registered.

As a new register is prepared every year, being on the register before does not guarantee that you will be included in the new register.

Claims for additions, deletions or correction of names must be made by 25th November on Form RFA1 and these are determined by the County Registrar at Revision Courts held in the local electoral areas usually in early December. Interested parties are notified of his decision and an appeal lies to the Circuit Court.

The Final Register is published on 1st February and comes into force on 15th February and is used at every election and referendum held during the following 12 months.

ARE YOU REGISTERED?

To be eligible for registration as a Presidential Elector a person must be:

  1. 18 years or over on the 15th February in the year in which the register comes into force;
  2. ordinarily resident in a constituency on the qualifying date (1st September in the year preceding the year in which the register comes into force);
  3. a citizen of Ireland on the qualifying date.

To be eligible for registration as a Dail Elector a person must be:

  1. 18 years or over on the 15th February in the year in which the register comes into force;
  2. ordinarily resident in a constituency on the qualifying date (1st September preceding); and
  3. a citizen of Ireland or a British citizen on the qualifying date.

To be eligible for registration as a European Elector a person must be:

  1. 18 years or over on the 15th February in the year in which the register comes into force;
  2. ordinarily resident in a constituency on the qualifying date (1st September preceding); and
  3. a citizen of Ireland or a national of a Member State of the European Communities other than Ireland on the qualifying date.

To be eligible for registration as a Local Government Elector a person must be:

  1. 18 years or over on the 15th February in the year in which the register comes into force;
  2. ordinarily resident in a local electoral area on the qualifying date (1st September preceding).
Please Note
  1. there is no citizenship requirement in order to be registered as a local government elector;
  2. citizens of Ireland and resident nationals of Member States of the European Communities (including the UK) are eligible for registration as European Electors;
  3. a person may not be registered more than once as an elector;
  4. a British citizen means a person who, under the UK Act entitled "British Nationality Act 1981", is a British Citizen.
Important Dates

The qualifying date for ordinary residents is 1st September.

Publication of draft Register is 1st November.

Last date for making claims - 25th November.

Publication of list of claims - 30th November.

Publication of the Register - 1st February.

Coming into force of the Register - 15th February

Where to Register

Application forms for registration are available from each Garda Station and Post Office throughout the County, as well as from Roscommon County Council. Completed application forms are lodged with Roscommon County Council, who will determine the eligibility of the applications for inclusion on the Register or the Supplement to the Register.

Postal Voters List/Special Voters List

Specific provision has been made under the Electoral Acts for the preparation of the above lists in respect of particular categories of voters. People who are ill or disabled living at home or in an institution or away from their home due to education or occupation can apply for inclusion.

Supplement to the Register of Electors

Provision has also been made under the Electoral Acts for the preparation of a Supplement to the Register of Electors, together with Supplements to the Postal and Special Voters Lists. The 1997 Electoral Act provided for changes in the Supplement to the Register of Electors and the introduction of Supplements to the Postal Voters and Special Voters Lists. Further details available on request.

Register of Electors - Forms

Edited Register

From 2004, Roscommon County Council will publish two versions of the register of Electors - the "Edited" Register and the "Full" Register.

The edited register will contain the names and addresses of persons who have indicated that their details can be used for a purpose other than electoral or statutory use, e.g.: for direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and once an edited register has been published it can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.

When you are completing your RFA Form, there is an option in part (v) for you to decide if you wish your details to be used for a purpose other than electoral or statutory in which case you tick YES or NO.  Tick YES if your want you name on the edited register and Tick No if your want your name on the Full Register.

Contact:

Franchise Section
Roscommon County Council│ Áras on Chontae │ Roscommon│Co.Roscommon │F42 VR98.
Phone: 090 6637147
E Mail:
regelectors@roscommoncoco.ie