Eligibility to Vote

Who can vote ?
Citizenship determines the elections at which an elector 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 18 years of age on the day the register comes into force (15th February). Every resident aged 18, and upwards is entitled to be on the register.
  • Citizenship: while every adult resident is entitled to be registered, the registration authority needs to know a person's citizenship because this determines the elections a person may vote in. The qualifying date for citizenship is 1st September preceding the coming into force of the register.

The right to vote is as follows:
  • Irish citizens may vote in every election and referendum;
  • British citizens may vote at Dáil and local elections;
  • Other EU citizens may vote at European and local elections; (Applicants must also complete form EP1)
  • Non-EU citizens may vote in local elections only.
  • Residence: a person must be ordinarily resident at the address in question on 1st September preceding the coming into force of the register.


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 over-riding condition that a person may be registered at one address only. A visitor or person staying temporarily at an address should not be registered.