Immigrants are now over 12% of the Irish population. Collectively we have a significant voice. Voting in elections is one way of letting public representatives know that you want your voice to be heard and that you want to contribute to Irish society as active residents and citizens. Candidates who are looking for your votes will pay more attention to immigrant needs and concerns if they know that immigrants are voting. Your voice can make a difference!
When Are the Next Elections?
\on 23 May 2014 there are Local Elections & European Elections
Can I Vote?
Anyone living in Ireland – including Asylum Seekers – can vote in Local Elections. If you live in the city you elect a councillor for the city council. If you live in Cork county you elect for the county council.
To vote in the European Elections in Ireland you must be an EU citizen and give up your right to vote in EU elections in your own country. If you did not vote in a previous EU election in Ireland then you must also complete a Form EP1.
Only Irish citizens can vote in General Elections and in Presidential elections. A General Election is where you vote for the 166 TDs (Teachta Dáila/Members of Parliament) to the Irish Dáil or Parliament. Presidential elections to elect the president of the country are different from General Elections and are held every 7 years. If the government want to change the constitution they must ask the people in a referendum. You must also be an Irish citizen to vote in a Referendum.
Local Government Authorities Have Power Over:
- Water Supply and Sewerage
- Development Incentives and Controls
- Environmental Protection including rivers, lakes, air and noise
- Recreation Facilities and Amenities
- Agriculture, Education, Health and Welfare
Why Vote in the European elections?
Every five years EU citizens choose who represents them in the European Parliament, the directly-elected institution that defends their interests in the EU decision-making process. Each member state has the right to elect a fixed number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament has become a powerful co-legislator and plays a determining role in shaping European policies. A vote in the European elections is every citizen’s chance to influence the shape of the Parliament and the decisions it takes over its five year mandate. For more information, visit the European Parliament’s website.
How Can I Register to Vote?
To get on the Register of Electors you must complete a form called the ‘Application for Entry of Names in the Register of Electors’. This is available from your local authority. In Cork this is the City Council or the County Council. You can also get this form at Nasc. Shortly before the election you will be sent a polling card to the address at which you are registered which will tell you where you will vote and any information/identification you will need on the day.
Check the Register
If you have previously voted in an election in Ireland you can visit www.checktheregister.ie to check your details. If you have changed address since the last time you voted you will need to complete a Form RFA3.
Supplementary Register Deadline: 6th of May