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Monday 29 May 2017

What electoral register is and how to get on it

THE electoral register is the list compiled by local authorities to determine who is eligible to vote in local, national, European and presidential elections, as well as referenda.

It is a crucial element of ensuring that elections are held fairly and are not subject to voting fraud.

There were complaints for years about the accuracy of the register -- particularly when it emerged there were thousands of dead people still on it and thousands more who had long since moved to a different address.

But the register was updated in a €6m "checktheregister.ie" campaign and local authorities have stepped up their efforts to make sure it remains accurate. Their officials carry out house-to-house enquiries during September and October.

According to the Department of the Environment, to be eligible to be included on the electoral register you must be at least 18 years old on the day the register comes into force (February 15); and have been ordinarily resident in the State on September 1 in the year preceding the coming into force of the register.

College students living away from home can be registered at either their home address or their college address.

Those who are not included on the draft electoral register published on November 1 each year have to notify the county registrar, who is a legally qualified court officer.

Irish Independent

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