Voters and potential voters across County Wicklow are being asked to check to Register of Elector to make sure they are included and their details are correct.
The call comes part of a new nationwide campaign to encourage everyone, including those already registered to vote, to go to checktheregister.ie and either confirm or update their details. This is important with Local and European Elections due to take place next year.
The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy encouraged people to get involved saying “the Council is actively calling on new and existing electors to engage with the elector registration process, even if you are already registered to vote, by going on www.checktheregister.ie to either confirm or update your details or register for the first time.”
Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, added: “Wicklow County Council welcomes this nationwide campaign, staff of the Council are on hand to assist the public in the registration process which has never been easier.”
The new campaign was launched by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, who called on electors and potential electors to engage with the latest Check the Register initiative.
Encouraging everyone to ensure their information is correct, he stated: “Local authorities around the country are gearing up for a substantial body of work over the summer months to update the electoral register and further improve its accuracy but they can’t do it on their own.
“Even if we’re already on the register, we all have a part to play and we can do this by checking and either confirming or updating our information. Adding details including date of birth and PPSN allows local authorities to cross-check and confirm the information provided by each person, adding to the integrity of the process.
“We can also let local authorities know about other changes needed, for example in relation to family members who are deceased and still on the register, I think we all know that it can be upsetting for a loved one to receive a polling card for someone no longer with us.”
This campaign will see a national campaign roll out on broadcast, outdoor and digital channels. Local authorities will also undertake activities in their local area to encourage people to get their details up to date in advance of the opportunities to vote taking place in the year ahead.
“Voters across the country now have a simple and straightforward way of engaging with their local authority on the electoral register through checktheregister.ie. Those in the Dublin region can also use Voter.ie.
The ability to engage online has been a game-changer in the registration process both for registration authorities and for the wider public. These changes give us a more accessible, flexible and modern system that’s simple and straightforward to use. It has never been easier or quicker for people to register to vote or update their details, or simply let the local authority know that their details are current and correct by adding their PPSN and date of birth, so that’s what we’re encouraging everyone to do today,” said Minister Noonan.
· PPSNs just like Dates of Birth which are already collected as part of the registration process will never appear on the electoral register but their inclusion will, over time, also assist in improving the integrity of the register by enabling management of duplicate entries as well as identifying and removing in a timely manner people who are deceased.
· Where entries are not updated or information cannot be confirmed local authorities can follow up and ultimately remove entries if they cannot be confirmed as appropriate or accurate. People will have ample opportunities to engage and can appeal a decision to remove them.
· The Electoral Commission – An Coimisiún Toghcháin has an oversight role with respect to the electoral register and its processes. All local authorities are required to report annually on the register and, taking that information and any research it has carried out, An Coimisiún will publish a report on its assessment on the overall status of the register and its processes. It can also make recommendations to local authorities and to the Minister.