Closing date for receipt of Postal & Special Voters Applications for the 2017/2018 Register of Electors is the 25th November 2016. Once approved, a Postal vote is applicable for the duration of the Register i.e. 12 months from the 15th February 2017.
Postal Voters List
A person registered as a postal voter may vote by post only and may not vote at a polling station. Electors must apply each year to be on the postal voters list.
Categories of Postal Voters:
Diplomats and their spouses
Persons with a physical illness or disability living at home
Persons unable to vote in person because of circumstances of occupation (incl. polling station staff), service or employment, including students attending an educational institution in the state on a full time basis
Note: inability to vote in person due to absence for any reason other than those outlined above will not entitle a voter to a postal vote.
Special Voters List
Who can apply?
Those eligible to apply for special voter status are persons ordinarily resident at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution who are unable to go in person to vote at a polling station by reason of a physical illness or physical disability.
The onus rests on each individual to ensure that he/she is registered to vote. Remember, you cannot vote unless you are registered.