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Dáil Election Voters

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Video - Going to Vote

Ireland's General Election 2020 - Going to Vote

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Who Can Vote

Every person who is an Irish or British citizen and is included in the register of Dáil electors in force on polling day is entitled to vote at a general election.

Polling Information Card

Polling Information Cards are issued to voters in the days before polling day.  The Polling Information Card tells you where to go to vote and the times that the polling station is open.  It also tells you what identity documents to bring.  You don’t need a Polling Information Card to vote.

Evidence of Identity

You may be asked for evidence of identity at the polling station. These documents are acceptable for identification purposes.

Sample Ballot Paper

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2015 introduced a new form of ballot paper for Dáil elections.  This is a sample of what a ballot paper looks like.

Instructions for Voting

You should carefully read the short instructions on the ballot paper given to you by the presiding officer.  Write 1 in the box beside the candidate of your first choice, write 2 in the box beside the candidate of your second choice, and so on.  You should not write anything else on the ballot paper – doing so may invalidate your vote.

Guide to Voting - An easy to read Guide

Inclusion Ireland has prepared a booklet "Guide to Voting - An Easy to Read Guide".


While the taking of photographs is not specifically prohibited in electoral law the sharing of any photograph of a ballot paper marked or being marked at an election has the potential to compromise the integrity and secrecy of the ballot. The taking of such photographs or ‘selfies’ is not therefore allowed in polling stations.

Electors with Physical Illness or Physical Disability

A voter with a physical illness or physical disability, whose name is not on the postal or special voters list, and who may have difficulty gaining access to his or her local polling station may apply to have his or her vote transferred to a more accessible polling station in their constituency.

Further information for Electors with Physical Illness or Physical Disability

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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email