PEOPLE in Cork who have yet to register to vote in the upcoming general election are being reminded that they don’t have long to do so.
There had been confusion regarding voter registration given the timing of the election.
This year’s register of electors only officially kicks in on February 15, a week after polling day, so people who registered to vote recently may not be on the register.
However, this doesn’t mean people will not be able to vote at all, as Cork City Council has issued a reminder that the closing date for the supplement to the Register of Electors is Wednesday, January 22.
Anyone whose details are not included on either the register or the supplement can get application forms from their local authority, or from checktheregister.ie. Completed forms must be stamped by a garda and signed in their presence, with valid photo ID and returned to the council by close of business on January 22.
Cork County Council has said it will accept forms by post, in person, or scanned and emailed.
Cork Votes, a campaign set up by Pádraig Rice, a former welfare officer and vice-president of UCC Students’ Union, is aiming to make it easier for people to ensure they are registered.
It will be holding a two-hour event outside the library on Grand Parade in the city centre on Saturday. It will have voter forms, pens, and a garda on hand between 11am and 1pm to help people register or to register for change of address. People just need to bring photo ID.
The Cork Votes movement was set up in response to the extremely low turn-out in the recent Cork North Central by-election.
Voting takes place on Saturday, February 8, with polls open from 7am to 10pm.