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Seanad Éireann Electoral Register FAQs

What is the University of Dublin Seanad Éireann Electoral Constituency?

Graduates of Trinity College Dublin are officially admitted to a degree by the University of Dublin, however graduates are not automatically registered to vote, the right to vote must be claimed.

Every person who is a citizen of Ireland and has been admitted to a degree (other than an honorary degree) by the University of Dublin is entitled apply to be registered as an elector in the DU Register of Electors. This Register is the constituency of electors eligible to vote for candidates to the three University of Dublin seats in Seanad Éireann.

How do I apply to the Register of Electors?

The Seanad Éireann Electoral Form of Claim is made available to all eligible graduates in the notice of candidature pack in advance of commencement. You can also submit a form at any time by downloading and returning the form to the Academic Registry.

How can I check if I am on the current Register of Electors?

Inclusion on the DU Seanad Éireann Electoral Register can be confirmed in person at the Academic Registry Service Desk.

You can also confirm your inclusion on the register in person, by phone at 00353 (0)1 896 4500 or by email to academic.registry@tcd.ie

I didn’t receive my ballot in the last election - Can I update my address on the current register?

Yes, an elector may ensure that their details are up-to-date in person, by phone at +353 (0)1 896 4500, by email to academic.registry@tcd.ie, or by completing this online request form.

Unless we are informed of a change of address, voting papers will go to the address on record.

How can I update my contact details once I am on the Register?

An elector may, at any time, ensure that their details are up-to-date by completing our online request form or submitting a request to the Academic Registry, either be email at academic.registry@tcd.ie, by phone at +353 (0)1 896 4500 or in person. Unless we are informed of a change of address, voting papers will go to the address on record.

Why am I not on the register?

The right to vote is not automatic; it must be claimed. Eligible graduates are required to complete a registration/update form and return it to the Academic Registry by the 26th February in any given year for inclusion in the revised register published on the 1st June of that year. It is only necessary to register once unless, for one of the reasons given below, a name has been removed from the register.

When are names removed from the Register?

Names are removed:

  • on receipt of written request by a graduate to have their name removed
  • on receipt of notification of the death of a graduate
  • as provided by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001: ‘after reasonable enquiry by the registration officer, whose address or the address to which the ballot paper is to be sent is unknown’. (S. 56)

If my name is removed from the Register can I still vote?

You can apply to re-register and will be eligible to vote only if your name is published on the Register of Electors prior to the relevant Seanad Éireann Election. The Register of Electors is published on 1st of June each year.

Can I purchase a copy of the Register of Electors?

Anyone can request to purchase a copy of the DU Register of Electors upon adherence to the provisions of the Data Protection Acts. The register is provided in electronic format only and the cost is calculated based on a set formula and currently costs the sum of €88.50 made payable by cheque or postal order only to “TCD #1 Account”.
Enquiries in relation to purchasing the register can be madeby phone at =353 (0)1 896 4500, by email to academic.registry@tcd.ie
Anyone purchasing a copy of the register must undertake to comply with the relevant provisions of the Data Protection Acts of 1988 and 2003.

What is the criteria to be eligible to vote in the Seanad Éireann election?

Every person who is a citizen of Ireland and has been admitted to a degree (other than an honorary degree) by the University of Dublin is entitled to be registered as an elector in the DU Electoral Constituency Register. The right to vote is not automatic; it must be claimed.

The claim form is included in the Notice of Candidature application pack provided to all candidates for degree conferral. You may also download the Seanad Éireann Electoral Claim form (PDF, 1.02MB)
Completed claim forms must be received by the Academic Registry, Watts Building in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin no later than February 26 in any given year.