THE country’s largest local authority has apologised after sending polling cards for this Friday’s referendums to dead people.
Dublin City Council has admitted an error in the issuing of polling cards for the votes on whether to abolish the Seanad; and whether to establish a court of appeal.
In a statement, the local authority said it “A small number of Polling Cards issued in error to voters who are now deceased.
“Dublin City Council apologises unreservedly to the families and relatives concerned for any distress this may have caused.”
Meanwhile, other categories of voters affected by the printing error include:
• New voters who have not received polling cards.
• People who have moved house, whose cards have been sent to their old address.
• Voters whose polling cards direct them to the wrong station.
According to the Council as many as 35,000 voters will be affected by the blunder.
Its statement said: “The City Council has taken immediate action to rectify this error and we are currently in the process of notifying all affected voters by post.”
A spokesman said he could not provide a figure specifically for the number of dead people who had been sent polling cards.
He said that the printing error “won’t result in anybody who’s entitled to vote, not being able to vote on Friday”.
He said that voters are not required to present a polling card at their polling station in order to vote but that valid ID such as a passport, drivers licence or Garda ID card should be brought.