Postal & Special Voting

While you are ordinarily required to vote in person at a designated polling station, you may be able to register to vote by post or other means in certain circumstances.

The following categories of persons may apply for registration as postal voters: 

Due to a physical illness or physical disability

Persons living at home and who are unable to go to a polling station to vote because of a physical illness or physical disability may apply for entry onto the postal voter list by completing a PV1 form. 

PV1-Postal Disabled Bi-Lingual

Due to attending a course of study at an educational institution and living away from the address of registration

Persons attending a course of study at an educational institution in the State on a full-time basis and are living away from their address of registration and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry onto the postal voter list by completing form PV2.

PV2 Application Form English

PV2 Application form Irish

Due to circumstances of work

Persons due, to circumstances of work, make it likely that they are unable to go to a polling station to vote may apply for entry onto the postal voter list by completing the PV2 form.

PV2 Application Form English

PV2 Irish

Due to be a member of An Garda Síochána

A member of An Garda Síochána may apply to be registered as a postal voter by completing form RFB1 (forms are issued to the Chief Supt.)

Detention In Prison

Persons unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of their detention in prison pursuant to an order of the court. (RFG Form available from Local Authorities, public libraries, Garda stations and prisons.)

The following categories of persons must be registered as postal voters:

Defence Forces:

Whole-time members of the Defence Forces - members who live in military barracks may be registered either at the barracks or at their home address. (RFC Form are issued to the Department of Defence)

Diplomats:

Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses - are registered at their home address in Ireland. (SV5 are issued to the Department of Foreign Affairs)

All persons in receipt of a postal vote are denoted on the Register of Electors with an "S" beside their name.

Special Voting

You may be eligible for special voting if you live in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution and have a physical illness or disability which prevents you from going to a polling station.  Being registered for special voting will allow you vote from where you live.  A special presiding officer, accompanied by a Garda, will bring a ballot paper to you so you can vote.

To register for special voting please complete the SV1 form and return to: Franchise Section, Louth County Council, County Hall, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91KFW6

SV1 Special Voters Application form English

SV1 Special Voters Application form Irish

Applications to be entered on the Special Voters List must be made by 25th November each year and renewed annually.