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Electoral Reform Bill 2022

(Bill 37 of 2022)

Bill entitled an Act to provide for the establishment of the Electoral Commission; to confer on the Commission certain functions in relation to the preparation and maintenance of the Register of Political Parties; to provide that the Commission shall explain, to the public, the subject matter of referendums; to provide that the Commission shall provide information, to the public, on electoral processes and encourage participation, by the public, in the democratic processes of the State; to provide for the review, by the Commission, of constituencies for the election of members to Dáil Éireann and to the European Parliament; to provide for the review, by the Commission, of local authority electoral area boundaries; to confer on the Commission a policy, research and advisory function; to provide that the Commission shall oversee the electoral register; to confer on the Commission the power to set standards for registration authorities and make recommendations to registration authorities or to the Minister in relation to the registration of electors; to modernise the arrangements for the registration of electors; to provide for continuous registration on the basis of individual application; to provide for necessary and appropriate data sharing to assist registration authorities in updating and maintaining the register; to provide for annual reporting by registration authorities to the Commission; to provide for a designated registration authority to manage a shared database for registration authorities to use in the performance of their functions; to provide for anonymous registration in certain limited cases; to provide a specific registration process for persons with no fixed address; to provide for a pending electors list for persons aged 16 and 17; to provide for the extension of postal voter categories to include special voters in certain circumstances; to provide a framework for the regulation of online political advertising during election periods by the Commission; to provide for the labelling of online political advertisements; to provide for transparency notices for online political advertisements; to confer on the Commission the power to monitor compliance, carry out investigations and take enforcement action under this Act in so far as it relates to online political advertising; to facilitate elections during a pandemic or Covid-19; and to provide for related matters.

Last updated: 7 Apr 2022

Sponsored by: Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Source: Government

Originating House: Dáil Éireann

History of this Bill

The bill is currently before Dáil Éireann, Third Stage

7 Apr 2022

Dáil Éireann
Seanad Éireann
  • Dáil First Stage

    30 Mar 2022

    Dáil First Stage

    The Bill is initiated or presented to the House

    30 Mar 2022

    Completed

  • Dáil Second Stage

    30 Mar 2022

    Dáil Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    30 Mar 2022

    Completed

  • Dáil Third Stage

    7 Apr 2022

    Dáil Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made

    (Also known as Committee Stage)

    7 Apr 2022

    Current Stage

  • Dáil Fourth Stage

    n/a

    Dáil Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered

    (Also known as Report Stage)

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Dáil Fifth Stage

    n/a

    Dáil Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made and it is set down for Second Stage in the Seanad

    (Also known as Final Stage)

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Seanad First Stage

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    Seanad First Stage

    The Bill is deemed to have passed Seanad First Stage

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Seanad Second Stage

    n/a

    Seanad Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Seanad Third Stage

    n/a

    Seanad Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made
    (Also known as Committee Stage)

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Seanad Fourth Stage

    n/a

    Seanad Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered
    (Also known as Report Stage)

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Seanad Fifth Stage

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    Seanad Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made
    (Also known as Final Stage)

    n/a

    Future Stage

  • Enacted

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    Enacted

    The Bill is signed into law by the President

    n/a

    Future Stage

 

30 Mar 2022

As initiated

Electoral Reform Bill 2022

Debates

7 Apr 2022

Dáil Éireann

Electoral Reform Bill 2022: Referral to Select Committee

7 Apr 2022

Dáil Éireann

Electoral Reform Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed)

5 Apr 2022

Dáil Éireann

Electoral Reform Bill 2022: Second Stage

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