Louth County Council have once again reiterated the importance of anyone who wishes to vote in the forthcoming general election to ensure they are registered to do so, with the closing date for applications to the supplementary register soon to close.
Anyone who registered to vote since the local elections were held in May of last year will likely not be included on the electoral register, which will not be renewed with the last eight months worth of registrations until after February 8 this year. If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, you should check by going online or contacting Louth County Council immediately.
Speaking to LouthNow.ie on Monday, Senior Executive Officer Alan Sherry emphasised the importance of checking your status as soon as possible with the deadline looming.
“The election is happening on February 8. It’s really, really important that everyone who wants to vote makes sure that they are actually registered to vote. You must be on the voters register in order to be eligible to vote,” he said.
“It’s very simple. Simply go on to checktheregister.ie. If you’re on that, you’re fine. You can vote. If you’re not on that, you need to check with us here at Louth County Council. You can ring us on 1890 202 303 or you can simply email us – [email protected]
The reason I want to emphasis this is – if you’re not on the register but are eligible to vote, for instance someone who has turned 18 in the last two or three months, they have to get on the supplement to the register. The deadline for that is close of business this Wednesday January 22. You don’t have a lot of time.
“If you’re eligible to vote but you’re not on the voters register, you need to get yourself on the supplement.”
The RFA2 form is available to download on the Louth County Council website (here) or you can pick one up at the council offices. After filling out the form, it must be stamped and signed in the presence of a garda officer at a Garda Station.
Forms must then be returned and reach the local authority on or before close of business on January 22 2020. That is Wednesday, at 5pm.
“All the information is on the website. Please, if you’re eligible to vote, get yourself on the supplement to the register,” Sherry said.