On Tuesday, 14th January 2020, the Taoiseach announced that a general election would take place in Ireland on Saturday, 8th February 2020.

If you want to vote in any election or referendum in Ireland, you must be:

  • Eligible to vote – see details here
  • Registered to vote – see details here.

If you are eligible to vote and you want to vote in the upcoming elections:

  • You must ensure that you are on the 2019-20 Register of Electors or on the Supplement to the 2019-20 Register of Electors – check online here

The 2019-20 Register of Electors and its Supplement will be used in the general election on February 8th, 2020.

Many of the issues we care about depend on these elections – environmental issues, public housing, better services, etc. It is voters who will help set the agenda for the next government, but you can be a voter only if you are on the 2019-20 Register of Electors.


Take two minutes and check if you are ok to vote in the 2020 general election.

What Next?

I am on the Register

If you are on the 2019-20 Register of Electors, make sure you vote on the February 8th, 2020.

I am not on the Register

If you are not on the 2019-20 Register, you can:

  • Contact Galway City Council to check if you are on the Supplement to the 2019-20 Register of Electors. You can also check the Register and the Supplement at the Garda station and in any public library. If you are on the Supplement, then you are registered to vote in the general election.
  • If you are not on the Supplement, you can register to be included in the Supplement by completing form RFA2 (or RFA3 if you have changed address). Any person who is not on last year’s register or the supplementary register should download the relevant form from checktheregister.ie or collect it from their local authority and bring it with photo ID to the local Garda station to have it signed and stamped.

Forms must be received by Galway City Council before close of business on January 22nd, 2020. 

Note: You can apply at any time to register. However, you can only be included in the supplement used at an election or referendum if your local authority gets your application at least 15 days before polling day. Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday are not counted as days for this purpose.

There are only a few working days left to register to vote in the general elections on February 8th.

Make sure you register before January 22nd and have your say!

Useful links:

General Elections 2020

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