Registering to vote will now be possible online
16- and 17-year-olds in Kildare can now pre-register to vote and will automatically be added to the register when they turn 18.
The changes come after a campaign was launched to raise awareness of changes to the electoral registration process.
A move from fixed periods for updating details to rolling updates: previously people could only update their details in November or via the supplement which required a visit to a Garda station. Under the changes announced, continuous or rolling registration will allow updates or additions at any time of year.
Streamlining of the application process through use of PPSNs: The use of PPSNs will enable a simple identity data cross-check to protect and improve the integrity of the register, while streamlining the process for electors. This will mean that most people won’t have to visit a Garda station to have their forms witnessed;
Registering to vote for the first time will now be possible online: PPSNs also enable online applications - for the first-time people can register to vote or update their details online at any time.
16 and 17 year olds will be able to pre-register to vote: The introduction of a pending electors list to enable those 16 and 17 to pre-register and be automatically added to the register from when they turn 18.
New provisions to make the register more accessible to all: The new process includes measures to facilitate electors whose safety might be at risk if their details were to be published on the register and those who have no address.
Kildare's Fianna Fail senator, Fiona O’Loughlin, commented:“This is a welcome update to our voter registration process that will make process smoother, especially for our first-time voters.
“These changes are necessary to make the process and will make the process easier than and more straightforward," she added
To confirm and update your personal details visit the 'Check the Register' website.