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Since the implementation of the Electoral Act 2022, the Register of Electors is now a rolling document.

To be able to vote in any election or referendum,  a person’s name must be entered in the Register of Electors for the locality in which the person ordinarily resides.

Check the Register

Because of the most recent legislation, the registration process for voting has now changed.

Even if you are already registered, you now need to add your PPSN, date of birth and Eircode to your profile.

This will allow the local authority to confirm your details and help to ensure the accuracy of the electoral register.

  • In the first instance, please use the Check the Register website to either register, or confirm/update your details.
  • Alternatively, paper forms (see below) can also be completed and returned to: Franchise Section, Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford, X91PK15.
  • Please note it is a person’s own responsibility to ensure that they are registered (or de-registered), that their existing details are correct, and/or to inform the local authority of any necessary changes to their registration details, including change of address.



Eligibility to Vote

Citizenship determines the elections at which someone may vote.

At present, the right to vote is as follows:

  • Irish citizens have full voting rights and may vote in every election and referendum;
  • British citizens may vote at Dáil and Local Elections;
  • EU citizens (other than British citizens) may vote at European and Local Elections;
  • Non-EU citizens may vote at Local Elections only.

Conditions for Registration

Age: A person must be at least 16 year of age in order to be able to register as a pending elector.  However, in order to be eligible to vote, a person must have reached 18 years of age on polling day.

Citizenship: As above … while every adult resident is entitled to be registered, the registration authority needs to know a person’s citizenship to determine the elections a person may vote in.


  • A person may be registered at one address only.
  • If a person has more than one address (e.g., a person living away from home to attend college or in connection with employment), the registration authority should be told which address the person wishes to be registered for.
  • A person who leaves his/her ordinary residence with the intention of returning there within eighteen months, can continue to be registered there, subject to the overriding condition that a person may be registered at one address only.
  • A visitor or person staying temporarily at an address should not be registered.
  • If you have no address, you can register with ‘no fixed address.’ You must then give an address where you can receive correspondence.
  • If you are currently aged 16 or 17, you can pre-register and your name will be added to the register when you turn 18.

Deadline for registering to vote

Your application must be received by the local authority at least 15 working days before an election or referendum (i.e. this excludes Sundays, Good Friday and public holidays).

If it is received on or after 14 days before an election or referendum is taking place, you will not be registered to vote in that particular election or referendum.

Third Party Amendments

At times, it may be necessary to request an amendment to the Register of Electors in respect of another person, for example, where someone has passed away or moved abroad.

This can be done by using form TPC 1 which should include all necessary details to allow the local authority to verify the amendment requested, such as the date of birth and date of death of the deceased (or a forwarding address in the case of an individual who has moved abroad).

The form needs to be signed and dated by the requestor. It should be noted that it is a legal offence to knowingly give false or misleading information to a local authority.