Thursday 18 January 2018

Cllr fears voters will turn up to polling station only to be told that they're not registered

Dublin City Council remove over 2,700 from the voting register

Polling station.
Polling station.

DUBLIN City Council has removed more than 2,700 people from the electoral register in the first three months of the year.

Figures showing that three times more people have been removed from the register when compared to the same period in 2014 were released to councillor Noel Rock.

People are taken off the register if they move address or if they are deceased and the council said the figure is higher this year because they started inspections earlier.

A council spokesperson explained the procedure of removing voters.


"Before any elector is removed from the register a letter is issued asking them to verify that they are no longer resident at the address," he said.

"The letter also includes a section which allows them to re-register at their new address, if they so wish."

Cllr Rock said that he had been contacted by a number of people who are long term residents at their address and who claimed they had been given no notice of their deletion.

"I accept that admin errors do happen but when you're depriving someone of their right to vote you need to be very clear that they should be removed," he said.

"My fear is that people will go to their voting station on polling day only to be told that they are not registered," he said.

Last night the council were unable to comment on whether people could be removed without notice.

There are two referendums next month, one on same-sex marriage and another on voting age in presidential elections.

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