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Last day to register to vote in GE11

Last day to register to vote in GE11

Today is the last day that people can register to vote in the upcoming General Election.

The election takes place on February 25 and to be eligible to vote, citizens must be on the register or supplementary register. Today (February 8) is the last day for people to get their name of the supplementary register. No new names can be added to the main register at this stage.

Application forms are available online. Follow this link.

The forms must be filled out and signed at a garda station before being hand-delivered to the relevant local authority by close of business today.

To check if you are registered, visit www.checktheregister.ie.

The Irish Diaspora

Those living outside of Ireland are not eligible to vote on February 25. However, a movement has been established to give Irish emigrants a symbolic ballot.

Ballotbox.ie will allow three million Irish passport holders living abroad to cast a vote.

The group which organised the website said that many of those living abroad do so because they were forced out of the country by economic necessity.

The introduction to the website says: “Despite huge interest in the election among Irish in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and elsewhere, Irish law prevents them from voting. Ireland is one of the few EU countries where this is the case.

“The aim of the site is to highlight this issue, and to allow any Irish people living abroad to have their say in the election. It may not be a real vote, but it’s the next best thing.”

Votes can be cast on ballotbox.ie on the week of February 14. Only those living outside Ireland will able to cast a ballot. Results will be published after the election.