Unlike other states Irish citizens are not automatically registered to vote when they reach the legal voting age of 18. In order to vote when you turn 18 you must apply to be on the Electoral Register which is a list of all voters across Ireland.
The Electoral Register is available from all local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries. In addition you can check the register online at www.checktheregister.ie or download the necessary forms for registration.
A new draft Register is compiled each year and is published on 1st November. If you need to add your name you can do this up to 25th November each year. You can download the RFA1 form from www.checktheregister.ie or it can be obtained from post offices, public libraries or your local authority to which all completed forms should be returned.
The amended Register of Electors is published on 1st February each year and comes into force on 15th February. If your name is not on the Register of Electors when it comes into effect in February you may still make a "late" application to be included in a supplement to the Register. This applies to young people who may not be 18 in February, but who will turn 18 before an election. For example any person turning 18 before the local elections to be held in June 2009 can apply to be added to the supplementary register. To get on the supplementary register you need to fill out a RFA2 form, which must be must be received by your local authority at least 15 working days before polling day.