Voting Arrangements

Generally, electors vote in person at their local polling station. Postal voting is available to members of the Garda Síochána, Defence Forces and civil servants (and their spouses) attached to Irish missions abroad, as well as to electors living at home who are unable to vote at a polling station due to a physical illness or physical disability and electors unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of their detention in a prison pursuant to an order of the court.

A person employed by a returning officer on polling day in a local electoral area other than where they are registered to vote may apply for entry on the supplement to the postal voters list. A form of postal voting is also available to electors whose occupations are likely to prevent them from voting at their local polling station (including full-time students registered at home who are living elsewhere while attending an educational institution in the State).

Under this arrangement, a ballot paper is posted to the elector at home who must arrange to have their declaration of identity witnessed by a Garda before marking the ballot paper and returning it by post to the returning officer.

Special voting is available to electors living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution who are unable to vote at a polling station due to a physical illness or physical disability.

The ballot paper is brought to them in the hospital etc. and they vote in the presence of a special presiding officer accompanied by a Garda. Electors with physical disabilities who have difficulty in gaining access to their local polling station may be authorised to vote at a more accessible station in the constituency.