Make sure you’re registered to vote

Make sure you’re registered to vote

CORK City Council made more than 3,000 additions and close to 2,500 deletions to its electoral register in the last 12 months.

A major drive is underway to ensure voters are registered ahead of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, with May 8 the final day people can be added to the supplemental register in time to vote on May 25.

Eligible voters are encouraged to search to confirm they are registered but many voters have said they are unable to find their details on the site.

However, people who cannot find their names online may still be registered, with many complaints that the website’s search function makes it difficult to find names. 

Voters in Cork can check a physical copy of the register, available in local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and libraries. The Franchise Office of Cork City Council can also be contacted at (021) 4924107/4924108/4924109.

Deletions from the Register are made for a number of reasons, including change of address, registration of death or polling cards returned. Public representatives also get a copy of the draft and final register and are asked to check for accuracy.

Both Cork City and County Council said they would not remove anyone from the register without making attempts to contact them. If either council are advised that someone should be removed, they notify the person by letter about the proposed deletion and give them time to respond.

“Field Workers are employed annually to revise the register of electors,” Cork County Council added in a statement. “Their role is to make door to door enquiries and/or other sufficient enquiries to ensure that persons who claim to live in a property are actually living there.”

Voters who wish to be added to the supplemental register need to complete a form at their local garda station and hand it into their local authority. People who are not registered to vote must complete the RFA2 Application Form, while those who have changed address must apply on the RFA3 Application Form. People who have become Irish citizens can also vote in a referendum and must apply on the RFA5 Application Form.

There are 122,000 young people who have turned 18 since the last general election who are eligible to vote. Any person who turns 18 before the referendum on May 25 is also eligible to register in advance of the deadline.

The Together for Yes campaign have launched a campaign to encourage people to make sure they are registered by the deadline.

‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, nobody under the age of 50 has had a chance to vote on this issue,” Laura Harmon, Together for Yes said. “We are encouraging everyone, especially young people and those who have changed address recently, to make sure they are on the Supplement to the Register of Electors before the deadline.”

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