Voting Information

Polling day: 25 May 2018

Who can vote

Any Irish citizen whose name is on the Register of Electors and who is ordinarily resident in the State can vote. Registers are maintained by your local City or County Council and you should check with the Council to confirm you are on the Register.

The majority of voters will be able to vote in person at their local Polling Station. However, in certain circumstances it is possible to vote by post. It is also possible to vote in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution if you are residing in one of these institutions. Further information in relation to postal voting or voting in an institution should be obtained from your Local Authority (City or County Council).

Where you are voting in person at a Polling Station, it is possible that you may be asked to swear on oath or make an affirmation to:-

  • confirm your identity;
  • and/or confirm that you have not already voted in the Referendum;
  • and/or confirm that you are in fact the required age to vote.

The official in charge of the Polling Station is entitled by law to ask you to do this. The Commission has no role in voter registration so this information is provided purely for information purposes.

Frequently asked questions

Click here to answers to some of the common questions asked about the referendum process, and the Referendum Commission.

How to vote

Polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm on 25th May.

Before polling day, you should receive a polling card in the post telling you at which polling station you should cast your vote. If you don’t receive a polling card, you are still entitled to vote so long as you are on the electoral register. You can check this at checktheregister.ie.

You don’t need to have your polling card with you when you go to vote. However you should bring some valid form of personal identification such as a passport, a driving licence, a public services card, an employee identity card with a photograph, a student identity card with a photograph, a travel document with your name and photograph, or a bank, savings or credit union book containing your address in the constituency.

It is also acceptable to show a cheque book, a cheque card, a credit card, a birth certificate or a marriage certificate, as long as you also have another document which confirms your address in the constituency. You may not be asked for proof of identity, but if asked for it you need to show it.

Ballot Paper Sample

You can see a sample ballot paper above.

You will be voting on whether or not to approve the Thirtysixth Amendment to the Constitution Bill.

You vote by marking an ‘X’ in the ‘Yes’ box or ‘No’ box, depending on how you want to vote. Mark only one box, or your vote will not count. Do not mark any other part of the ballot paper.

Check the Register

Registration to vote is closed. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote in the referendum, or whether or not you are registered at the correct address, you can find out very simply by checking the electoral register.