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Special voters list

Under the Electoral Act, 1992, amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1996, an elector with a physical illness or disability who is ordinarily resident in a hospital, nursing home or institution, may apply to his/her local registration authority to be included in the special voters list. At an election or referendum, a ballot paper will be delivered to each person on this list by an appointed presiding officer accompanied by a member of the Garda Síochána. Having made a declaration of identity, the elector will mark his/her ballot paper in secret and place it in a sealed envelope which the appointed presiding officer will convey to the returning officer for the constituency. The returning officer will deal with it in the same manner as he/she deals with ballot papers returned by postal voters.

Who can apply?

You may apply for inclusion in the special voters list if you are a long-stay patient in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution and you are unable to go in person to vote at a polling station by reason of a physical illness or a physical disability which is likely to continue for the duration of the register of electors in respect of which the application is made.

Who fills out the application?

The application is divided into two parts. The applicant must complete Part A of the form. In the case of a first application, Part B of the form must be completed by a doctor. Part B must also be completed in the case of a second or subsequent application, if required by the registration authority. The applicant must re-apply for a special vote each year and return Part A of the application form to the Registration Authority on or before the 25th November. Applications to be entered on the special voters list must be made by 25th November and in the case of a first application must be accompanied by a medical certificate. Electors on the Special Voters List vote by marking a ballot paper delivered to them by an appointed Presiding Officer accompanied by a member of the Garda Síochána.

Where do I send the application form?

Completed application forms must reach the offices of

Clare County Council,
Franchise Section,
Áras Contae an Chláir,
New Road,
Co. Clare

not later than the 25th November.

What happens next?

You will be notified by the registration authority of the decision on your application and, if it is refused, you will be given the reasons for the refusal.

Please note

  • The Special Voters List comes into force on the 15th February each year. Your application will not be included if it is not received on or before the 25th November of the previous year.
  • Your application will be deemed to be withdrawn if you fail to furnish any additional information or documents required by the registration authority within the period specified by the authority.
  • It is an offence to apply for entry in the special voters list in the name of another person or knowingly to give false or misleading information in relation to an application.

Page last reviewed: 27/04/15

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