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If you’re not registered to vote, you better get moving

The deadline is next week.

24/5/2014. Counting Begins Source: Laura Hutton/

THE STARTING GUN has been fired and we’re now heading into one of the shortest election campaigns in the history of the State.

That poses a problem for some voters.

If you’ve visited and found you’re not registered to vote, you’ll need to apply to be added to the supplementary register of electors if you want to cast your vote on 26 February.

This must be received 15 days (excluding Sundays) before the polling date.

You’ll need to have submitted the right documents (usually an RFA2 form) to your local city or county council by Tuesday 9 February, a spokesperson for the Department of Local Government said. Most of these will need to be stamped at your local garda station.

The same deadline applies if you’ve moved to a new address and need to update the register (you’ll need a RFA3 form).

For postal and other special voters the deadline is even tighter – this coming Friday 5 February.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday to request that President Michael D Higgins formally dissolve the 31st Dáil.

The nation will go to the polls on 26 February, and the Dáil will resume on the 10 March.

First published 3 February

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