Voters urged to check register ahead of Seanad referendum

Voters themselves must see whether they will be permitted to cast ballots on October 4th

The deadline for postal vote and special vote is this Monday. Photograph:  Check the Register website

The deadline for postal vote and special vote is this Monday. Photograph: Check the Register website

Sat, Sep 7, 2013, 13:21

Voters are being reminded to check whether they are on the Register of Electors for next month’s referendum on abolishing the Seanad.

Registration for a postal or special vote will close this Monday. The postal vote option is open to Irish diplomats and their spouses who are working abroad, members of the Garda and full-time members of the Defence Forces.

People may also be eligible for a postal vote if they have a physical illness or disability, are studying full-time at in Irish institution away from their registered home address, are unable to vote due to their occupation or are in prison due to a court order.

The special vote is available for people living in hospitals, nursing homes or other such institutions.

For those who are not on the register, the deadline is Tuesday, September 17th. Similarly, people can apply to be on the register if they have changed their address.

Application forms are available from local authorities or on checktheregister.ie. The referendum takes place on October 4th.