Frequently Asked Questions
Specific Questions regarding the Referendum Poll May 25th 2018
Preparation for the Referendum is at an advanced stage. The Registers of Electors to be used in the Polling Stations have been printed and are securely stored. This means that all amendments must be made on the Supplement. Please note the following:
- If you have moved address since the 1st February 2018 you remain assigned to vote at the Polling Station associated with your former address and have the option of voting using those details rather than completing the RFA3 form.
- A miss spelling of your name, while regretted, is not an obstacle to voting as the issue can be rectified between this office and the office of the Returning Officer without the need for a Supplement Form.
- There is no facility for Postal Voting for people away for any reason other than work or studies.
- To change your voting address complete the RFA3.
- To register for the first time complete the RFA2
- To record a change in citizenship please complete RFA5
ALL OF THE ABOVE MUST BE RETURNED FULLY COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE MAY 8TH, 2018
To appeal a decision of the registration authority you must do so in writing to the County Registrar by a specified date which will be published as soon as it is available.
Postal Voting for the Referendum to be held on May 25th
The dead line to apply is the 28th April. In order to be considered you must already be on the Register. Only circumstances of occupation or students will be considered. Evidence is required to confirm that it is not possible for you to attend the designated Polling Station. In addition you must be at your normal place of residence to receive the postal vote which will arrive between the 3rd and 8th of May 2018.
Applications for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register
A large volume of applications are being received every day and are being processed. There is no way for the office to confirm that the form you sent has been received until after it has been processed. It is intended to send out polling cards for supplemental voters in the week commencing May 14th. Supplemental Voters are always assigned to the lowest number polling booth in the polling station. The arrangements for Polling in the Fingal Area are as below.
The Supplement to the Register will be ready on May 10th and available for checking after that date.
A Polling Card informs you of when and where you can vote but it is not required in order to vote. Every person wishing to vote must bring sufficient ID to prove their identity. The Full list of Polling Locations including at which Booth you should attend are contained here: Full list of Polling Locations. Once you have received your polling card you can check using the voter letter prefix and voter number to see what polling booth you should attend.
The first batch of Polling Cards will be given to An Post for delivery in the first week of May.
The second batch of Supplemental Voter Polling Cards will be issued in the week commencing the 14th May. Every Supplemental Voter should the lowest numbered Polling Booth for the assigned Polling Location
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTERING TO VOTE
Q What to do if you check the register after the 15th February in an election year and you discover you are not on the register?
A. Complete form RFA 2, have it stamped at your local Garda Siochanna Station and return to the Franchise Section, Fingal County Council, County Hall Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. Please remember that on polling day your name will appear in the Supplemental Register.
Q. What is the Supplemental Register?
A. If you didn’t apply in time to be included on the Draft Register then you can apply at any time of the year to be included on the Supplemental Register. You are automatically transferred from the Supplemental Register to the Live Register at the time of Publication of the next Live Register. If you are on the Supplemental Register you will be voting at Table 1 in the designated Polling Location. Polling Cards for those on the Supplement are sent out after those on the Live Register as the closing date for receipt of applications is so close to Polling Day.
Q. What is the latest Date I can apply to go onto the Supplement prior to a Poll?
A. The latest date is 14 days prior to Polling Day excluding Sundays and Public Holidays. If the Council refuses to accept your application for inclusion you can appeal this decision to the County Registrar. CLOSING May 8th at 5pm
Q. What to do if you change address?
A. Complete Form RFA 3, have it stamped at your local Garda Siochanna Station and return to the Franchise Section, Fingal County Council, County Hall Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. Please remember that on polling day your name will appear in the Supplemental Register. You will automatically be placed on the Main Register in respect of the following year. CLOSING May 8th at 5pm
Q. My name is spelt incorrectly or I want to change some other detail?
A misspelling is regretted and should be notified to the Council when the draft register is published. If however you are late checking the register and have only now become aware please email [email protected] with the phrase “incorrect spelling of name” in the subject bar. This office can notify the Returning Officer of the issue to ensure you can vote on polling day. You will still be required to present evidence of identity.
Download the RFA 2 form, have it stamped by An Garda Siochanna and return the form to Fingal County Council. CLOSING May 8th at 5pm
Q. I can’t find my details on www.checktheregister.ie?
A. There are several reason why this might be the case
- Unless you enter your name and address exactly are they are listed on the register then you won’t find your details. For example you search for Main Street when it is called Main Road on the Register.
- Can your name be spelt another way for example O’Donnell, ODonnell, O'Donnell , Claire, Clare, Sean without a fada etc. Unless you are querying it the way it is entered on the system you won’t be able to find your records. Every effort is made to ensure your name is spelt correctly. If it isn’t please let us know and it can be amended after the Referendum
- You are on the supplemental register which is not viewable online.
- You are on the draft register. Each year the Council updates the Register of Electors. An Inspector calls to each property and leaves an RFA form if no reply is received at the door. If the form you filled in did not require witness by an Garda Siochanna then you filled in an application to be included in next years draft register. You are not on the Register of Electors until after the 15th February of the following year.
Q. Can I amend another persons Voting Details on their behalf?
A. The only circumstances this is permitted are as follows:
- During the preparation of the Draft Register when a Council Inspector calls to your home to verify the voter details at that property. If you find that the previous occupants are still registered to vote you can inform the Inspector that those people are not longer resident.
- In the event of the death of a close family relative. The Council will confirm the details independently.
- In the event of the medical condition of a close family changing to the point that they can longer vote. Medical Evidence in the form of confirmation from the individuals GP is required.
Q. I am no longer on the Register but didn’t ask to be removed?
A. Each year the Council updates the Register by calling to each address. The Inspector asked the person who answered the door to confirm if those listed on the Register still were ordinarily resident. If the Inspector was informed no then you would be removed. This happens most frequently where people no longer live with their parents. Their parents inform the Inspector that the person has moved out to their own home.
The next most frequent is you moved house and didn’t re-register. The new occupants of your previous address would have informed the Council that you were no longer resident.
Q. I turned 18 during this year but am not registered to vote?
A. If the Inspector received no reply at the door and no one in your household returned the RFA form then the Council has no way of knowing you live at a particular property or that you have turned 18. Each individual must apply to register to vote personally. If you are 18 on or before the 25th May 2018 you should apply using a RFA2 for to register. CLOSING May 8th at 5pm
Q. I have moved address but my records were not updated?
A. It is your obligation to update your records and ensure they are accurate.
Q. I did not receive my Polling Card can I still vote?
A. Yes. The Polling Card simply tells you when and where to vote. You do not require it to vote. You can confirm the details via www.checktheregister.ie, on the printed Register in the Library or by contacting the Franchise Section of Fingal County Council at 01-8905992 or [email protected]. It is not a requirement to produce the Polling Card on Polling Day. You are required to have proof of I.D. regardless of whether you have a Polling Card or not.
Q. I am an Irish Citizen living abroad how can I vote?
A. In order to be eligible to be registered to vote you must be resident in Ireland on the 25th September each year. If you are not ordinarily resident in Ireland you should not be registered to vote at all. There is no system for Irish Citizen’s who live abroad to be on the Register of Electors or vote. The only exceptions are for members of the Army, Garda Siochanna or Foreign Service posted overseas. These individuals have to apply for a postal vote it is not awarded automatically.
Q. I will be travelling within Ireland on Polling Day can I vote?
A. If you area aware in advance that you will be away on Polling Day you should apply for a Postal Vote well in advance. You application should contain the reason you require the Postal Vote. Postal votes may be awarded to people who are working away from home or studying in university.
Q. How do I get a position working in a Polling Station or on the Count of the ballot papers?
A. The County Returning Officer recruits all staff that work on Polling Day and on the Count. Applications can be made to [email protected]. Or [email protected] m Fingal County Council has no role is awarding any work related to the Polling Station or Count.
Q. I think the address on my Polling Card is wrong what do I do?
- The purpose of the Register of Electors is to maintain a list of people eligible to vote. The vast majority of electors are living in estates and have a uniform address i.e. house number, road name, area name. The addresses are entered from the naming and numbering protocols within the Planning Department. The test of accuracy is whether the Polling Card is delivered to you. The Register won’t be changed to reflect a person’s preference to be Portmarnock rather than Baldoyle or Sutton rather than Howth. If your address is Sutton and is mistakenly listed as Howth the records will be changed.
- In a rural area the Register is set up on Townland Names. The townland names are strictly monitored to prevent the situation whereby neighbour’s are listed in different townlands. While at some point neighbours are, correctly, in different Townlands the Council does not want a situation whereby people are registered in the incorrect Townland as this leads to errors such as duplicate entries or the wrong person being deleted.
If you feel your address is incorrect to the point where your Polling Card won’t be delivered please contact the Council at [email protected] or 018905992
Q. I received a letter saying I was being deleted from the register but I can appeal to the County Registrar?
A. Each year as part of the Draft Register Process amendments have to be made to the Register. The Draft Register is published in November each year. If the Council is making an amendment to your record, subsequent to the publication of the Draft, you are written to notifying you and giving you the opportunity to comment on and appeal the decision.
Q. Is the 25th November the deadline for applying to go on the register?
A. No. That date is the latest for making amendments to the draft Register for the following year.