Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (206)

Billy Timmins

Question:

206. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding postal votes for persons who are working here but away from home on shift work and not able to get home to vote; if they will qualify for a postal vote; the criteria for postal votes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41264/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In order to be able to vote at elections and referendums, a person's name must be entered in the register of electors for a constituency in the State in which the person ordinarily resides. Postal voting is provided for in electoral law in respect of certain categories of person who are entered in the register of electors - whole-time members of the Defence Forces; members of the Garda Síochána; Irish diplomats serving abroad and their spouses or civil partners; electors living at home who are unable to vote because of a physical illness or a physical disability; electors whose occupation, service or employment makes it likely that they will be unable to vote in person at their local polling station on polling day and full-time students registered at their home who are living elsewhere while attending an educational institution in the State; certain election staff employed at the poll outside the constituency where they reside; and electors who because of the circumstances of their detention in prison pursuant to an order of a court are likely to be unable to go in person on polling day to vote. Qualifying voters can apply to their local City or County Council, as appropriate, for inclusion in the postal voters lists.