Polling day - 24 May 2019

Polling stations will open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The referendum will be held on Friday 24th May 2019. Voting in the European Parliament and local elections will take place on the same day. There will also be votes in Cork City, Limerick City and County, and Waterford City and County on the issue of whether they should have directly elected mayors.

Eligibility to vote

All voters must be on the electoral register.

  • Only Irish citizens can vote in the referendum.
  • EU citizens, including Irish citizens, can vote in the European and local elections.
  • Non-EU citizens can only vote in the local elections. 

Your polling station

Before polling day, you should receive a polling card in the post telling you at which polling station you should vote. If you don’t receive a polling card, you can still vote if you are registered.

You can check if you are registered at checktheregister.ie

Check the register

Bring identification

You do not need to have your polling card with you when you go to vote. However, you should bring some valid form of personal identification such as a passport, a driving licence, a public services card, or an employee or student identity card with a photograph.

Other forms of identification are also acceptable, such as a credit card or a birth certificate, as long as you also have another document which confirms your address in the constituency. You might not be asked for proof of identity, but if you are asked for it, you need to show it. 

Ballot papers

On polling day, voters will be given a green ballot paper for the referendum. The other ballot papers will be different colours. You can see a sample referendum ballot paper on the next page.

You will be voting on the green ballot paper as to whether or not to approve the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage) Bill 2019.

Marking your ballot paper

You vote in the referendum by marking ‘X’ in the ‘Yes’ box or ‘X’ in the ‘No’ box, depending on how you want to vote. Mark only one box, or your vote will not count. Do not mark any other part of the ballot paper.

Remember that voting in the European and local elections uses a different system, so read the instructions for voting on each ballot paper carefully

Information for voters who are blind or vision impaired

A tactile ballot paper template has been developed to enable you to vote independently and in secret in the Referendum.

Further information is available on NCBI's website.

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General FAQs

For general questions on voting and polling stations.

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