Local, EU and Limerick Mayoral Elections: All you need to know before heading to polls

June 6, 2024

Voters in Ireland will head to the polls on Friday, June 7 as they submit their ballots for both the local and European elections.

Those in Limerick will also have the option to vote in the mayoral election, which will see the country’s first Democratically Elected Mayor (DEM).

Here is everything you need to know on the day, from registration up until you cast your votes and when the count takes place.

Local Elections

Local elections are held in Ireland every five years to elect councillors as public representatives on local authorities, of which there are 31, including a mix of county and city councils. Each council has a certain amount of seats to be filled.

As you prepare to vote in the local elections, you will firstly need to check if you are eligible to vote.

In order to cast a vote, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Live in the local electoral area
  • Be listed on the Register of Electors

If you wish to check if you are on the Electoral Register, visit checktheregister.ie or enquire at a local authority office.

If you are not on the Electoral Register, the deadline for registering yourself for the upcoming elections has now passed (May 20th).

 A polling information card will be sent to your address with details of your local polling station.

It is important to bring this with you when you go to vote and a form of ID, whether passport, drivers licence, public service card or employee or student card.

When you arrive at the polling station on June 7, which will be open from 7am to 10pm you will be asked for your name and address and possibly a valid form of ID. If polling staff are satisfied, your polling card will be stamped.

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