System: The polls at contested local elections are conducted using the PR-STV system (proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote).
A person may only vote once at the election. Persons with a visual impairment or a physical disability or a person with literacy difficulties may be assisted by the presiding officer or by a companion. The presiding officer may order the arrest of any person suspected of committing an electoral offence.

Step 1: Obtaining a Ballot paper:
On polling day, the elector applies for a ballot paper in the polling station by stating his or her name and address.
The elector may be required to produce evidence of identity and, if they fail to do so, will not be permitted to vote.
Local Elections are usually run alongside elections to the European parliament. This means that eligible voters will be given two Ballot papers.

The following documents are acceptable for identification purposes:
(i) a passport
(ii) a driving licence
(iii) an employee identity card containing a photograph
(iv) a student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
(v) a travel document containing name and photograph
(vi) a Bank or Savings or Credit Union; book containing address in constituency or electoral area
(vii) a Temporary Residence Certificate card
(viii) a Garda National Immigration Bureau card
(ix) a cheque book
(x) a cheque card
(xi) a credit card
(xii) a birth certificate
(xiii) a marriage certificate.
Items (ix) to (xiii) must be accompanied by a further document which establishes the address of the holder in the electoral area.
Items (vii) and (viii) are identity documents acceptable for local elections only.

Where the presiding officer is satisfied as to the elector's identity, a ballot paper is stamped with an official mark and handed to the elector. The elector votes in secret in a voting compartment.

Step 2: Selecting Candidates Preference:
The names of the candidates appear in alphabetical order on the ballot paper, together with their photograph, political affiliation and party emblem, if any.
Candidate lists, which include photographs, are provided here for the following elections:
Kerry Co. Council – Dingle Electoral Area
Kerry Co. Council – Listowel Electoral Area
Kerry Co. Council – Killarney Electoral Area
Kerry Co. Council – Killorglin Electoral Area
Kerry Co. Council – Tralee Electoral Area

The voter indicates the order of their choice by writing 1 opposite the name of their first choice, 2 opposite the name of their second choice, 3 opposite the name of their third choice and so on.
In this way the voter instructs the returning officer to transfer the vote to the second choice candidate if the first choice is either elected (with a surplus) or eliminated. If the same situation applies to the second choice, the vote may be transferred to the third choice and so on.

Step 3: Casting of Votes:
The voter folds the ballot paper to conceal how it has been marked and places it in a sealed ballot box. One box is used for both County Council and European Votes.