People must register before October 9th to vote in the referendum on blasphemy and the presidential election

25th September 2018: The Referendum Commission has launched a campaign urging people to ensure they are registered to vote in the referendum on blasphemy which is due to take place on Friday October 26th, the same date as the presidential election.

With two weeks to go before the October 9th register to vote deadline, the Referendum Commission is running radio, online and social media advertising urging people to check immediately to ensure they can vote.  While the Commission’s remit covers the referendum only, being on the electoral register allows you to vote in both the referendum and the presidential election.

Chairperson of the Referendum Commission, Isobel Kennedy said, “If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote in the forthcoming referendum, or whether or not you are registered at the correct address, you can find out very simply by checking the electoral register at www.checktheregister.ie. You can also check the register in local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries.”

If you are not registered, you can make sure you are added to a supplement to the register by completing a form which you can download from www.checktheregister.ie, or obtain from your local authority, Garda station, post office or public library.  Then you bring the completed form to your local Garda station to have your identity certified, and ensure it gets to your local authority before October 9th. 

People ordinarily registered at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution who are unable to vote at a polling station can vote at their hospital or nursing home, but only if they register on the Special Voters list.  The closing date for this is October 1st next and application forms are available from your local authority, library, post office, Garda station or at www.checktheregister.ie

October 1st is also the deadline to apply for a postal vote. These are available to certain people including Irish diplomats and their families posted abroad, members of the Garda and Defence Forces, prisoners and others who are unable to vote at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment.