Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1580)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1580. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will issue a report on responses received further to the consultation process to modernise the electoral registration process; when this report will be published; the next steps in the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19768/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

A report in relation to the responses received on the consultation process to modernise the electoral registration process is currently being drafted. It is intended that this report will be published shortly.

A total of 187 submissions were made in respect of the public consultation phase up to the deadline of 15 March 2019. They included submissions specific to particular proposals and also general submissions and observations on modernisation of the electoral registration process in general. Submissions were received from a range of individuals, community and voluntary organisations, Local Authorities, public representatives and political parties. The next steps will be to evaluate different options having regard to the best use of technology, best practice in relation to data protection and cyber security and any necessary legislative changes.

It is worth noting that a project called Voter.ie is currently being piloted by the four Dublin local authorities to facilitate online registration. An evaluation of this initiative will be carried out following the completion of the polls due to be held on the 24th May to assess the experience gained from the project.