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Here's how to register to vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum

Time is running out.

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Updated 30 April – the deadline to register for a postal vote has passed

THE REFERENDUM TO repeal or retain the Eighth Amendment is now a month away – and if you’re not registered to vote, you don’t have long left to fix that.

The deadline is 8 May to have your forms stamped by your local garda station (don’t forget to bring ID) and returned to the relevant local authority.

You can find out if you’re registered to vote using Contact your local council if your details do not appear but you believe you are registered to vote.

To vote, you must be an Irish citizen over 18. We use a passport to illustrate this in the video, but other forms of ID will suffice when registering and voting.

  • To register to vote, you need an RFA2 form
  • To change your address on the register, you need an RFA3 form
  • If you recently became an Irish citizen but were  registered to vote in other Irish elections previously, you need an RFA5 form.

Some people were  eligible for a postal vote – however, the deadline has now passed.

Contact details for your local council are available here.

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