Kerry County Council, the body responsible for maintaining and updating the Register of Electors for Kerry, is reminding the public to check that they are registered to vote in the General Election on Saturday, February 8.
Members of the public who are not currently registered to vote can apply to be included on the Supplement to the Register of Electors – with the closing date next Wednesday, January 22.
The relevant form for the Supplementary Register of Electors (RFA2), which is available online and from public offices, must be signed and stamped by a member of An Garda Síochána and returned to the Register of Electors at Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Tralee by that date.
Voters who were included in the Supplement to the Register of Electors for the local and European elections of May 2019 are registered for the general election and do not need to take any action on this occasion.
However, anyone who applied for inclusion on the Draft Register of Electors in the period since the elections of May 2019 is not automatically registered to vote in this General Election as the new Register of Electors does not come into effect until February 15, 2020 which is a date later than that on which the General Election will be held. Those voters must apply to be included on the Supplement to the Register of Electors on or before Wednesday, January 22.
To ensure that anyone who applied for inclusion on the Draft Register of Electors and to ensure that eligible voters have the opportunity to exercise their franchise, Kerry County Council is contacting all such applicants for the draft register to advise them of this requirement.
Kerry County Council has published a list of frequently asked questions on its website to advise voters of these arrangements and recommends that voters use the Check the Register website to check if they are registered to vote or to contact the Register of Electors at Kerry County Council on 066 7183530 with any queries.