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10 August 2020  


Seanad Election 2020 – checking and updating details

04.02.2020

Important notice regarding postal address updates in time for 2020 Seanad Éireann election

Please note that the deadline for receipt of written requests from graduates to amend address details has been extended to 1pm on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

After 7th February, NUI will process notified changes of address and ballot papers to these graduates will be re-issued, provided the original envelope is returned undelivered to NUI.

If you are an NUI graduate, are on the 2019 Seanad Éireann register and you wish to alert NUI of a change of postal address, please follow the process as outlined in the Checking and updating details section below.

What happens if I miss this change of address deadline?

NUI will process notified changes of address after 7th February, however ballot papers to these graduates can only be re-issued provided the original envelope is returned undelivered to NUI.

 

Graduates of any member institution of the National University of Ireland who have received a degree (other than an honorary degree), and who are Irish citizens are eligible to vote in Seanad Éireann elections. It is however essential that you are included in the University electoral register and that your postal address details are up to date.

Only graduates whose names appear in the current register are eligible to vote at the time of an election.

In line with legislation, the 2019 revision of the NUI Seanad Éireann register (published on 1 June 2019) will be used for the issuing of ballot papers for the 2020 election.

Voting papers are posted to all registered graduates, no matter where in the world you live.

Checking and updating details

Graduates who are already registered and who wish to inform NUI of any change of address may do so by email (records@nui.ie), by Fax (01- 439 24 77), by writing to: National University of Ireland, Records Office, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 D02 V583 or by fully completing and returning the form below to, NUI. Changes will not be made over the telephone.

The form below may be used for two purposes:

  1. To update details, such as postal addresses, for graduates who are already registered. The form should be completed in full and hand signed.
  2. To register for the 2021 NUI Seanad Éireann Register that will be published on 1st June 2021.
    The Seanad Éireann University Members Acts (1937-2015) stipulates the 26th February each year as the deadline for registration, for the Register that will be effective from 1st June of that year.

The form can then be scanned and attached to an email and sent to records@nui.ie or posted to Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 D02 V583.

If you are unsure whether you are a graduate of the National University of Ireland, please consult the list of NUI institutions.

Download Registration Claim / Graduate Update Form

pdf Irish Version
pdf English Version

Please download the pdf to your computer (right click and save) and complete the form using Adobe Reader as not all internet browsers support on screen completion of pdf documents

(NOTE: Any change in address should be notified to National University of Ireland; otherwise the ballot paper may be lost, and your name removed from the Electoral Register).

How do I check if i am listed on the NUI Seanad Éireann register?

There is currently no provision in the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts, 1937-2015, for online registration or for checking the register online. If you wish to check that you are on the register you can contact NUI at records@nui.ie or (01) 439 24 24. To assist in identifying you on the register, please include the following information:

  • Full name at time of graduation/registration
  • Any other form of name used (e.g. Irish, single, married, etc.)
  • Date of birth
  • NUI degree(s) and other NUI qualification(s)
  • Year(s) of conferring(s) and NUI institution(s) where conferred
  • Previous address
  • Current address.

We will respond promptly to all enquiries.


Seanad Éireann Register FAQs

arrow How can I register on the NUI Seanad Éireann Electoral Register?

Graduates of the National University of Ireland who have received a degree (other than an honorary degree) and who are Irish citizens are eligible to vote in Seanad Éireann elections, once they are included in the University electoral register.
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The Seanad Éireann University Members Acts (1937-2015) stipulates the 26th February each year as the deadline for registration, for the Register that will be effective from 1st June of that year. Therefore registrations submitted after 26th February 2020 will added to the Register on 1st June 2021.

The form below may be used to register and should be completed in full and hand signed.

The form can then be scanned and attached to an email and sent to records@nui.ie or posted to Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, D02 V583.

Download Registration Claim / Graduate Update Form

pdf Irish Version: English Version:

Please download the pdf to your computer (right click and save) and complete the form using Adobe Reader as not all internet browsers support on screen completion of pdf documents


arrow How do I check if i am listed on the NUI Seanad Éireann register?

There is currently no provision in the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts, 1937-2015, for online registration or for checking the register online.

You can check if you are registered in a number of ways:

  • Copies of the Seanad Éireann Electoral Register are available for review in the libraries of the NUI constituent institutions, the National Library of Ireland and in the reception of NUI offices, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2;
  • Check with NUI via email records@nui.ie ;
  • Call NUI on (01) 439 24 24.

To assist in identifying you on the register, please include the following information:

  • Full name at time of graduation/registration
  • Any other form of name used (e.g. Irish, single, married, etc.)
  • Any other name used during completion of degree
  • Date of birth
  • NUI degree(s) and other NUI qualification(s)
  • Year(s) of conferring(s) and NUI institution(s) where conferred
  • Previous address
  • Current address.

We will respond promptly to all enquiries.


arrow I am on the Register but I didn’t get a ballot paper in the last election.

Have you changed your address since you registered to be included on the Register?

If so please contact NUI to update your details. If you are on the Register and didn't get your voting papers, the most likely reason is that we have an incorrect address on record for you.

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


arrow Once the Register has been published, is it possible to amend an address?

Yes, a graduate who is already registered may, at any time, ensure that his/her details are up-to-date.

The form below may be used and should be completed in full and hand signed.

The form can then be scanned and attached to an email and sent to records@nui.ie or posted to Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, D02 V583.

The form cannot be submitted directly online and changes can not be made over the telephone.

Download Registration Claim / Graduate Update Form

pdf Irish Version: English Version:

Please download the pdf to your computer (right click and save) and complete the form using Adobe Reader as not all internet browsers support on screen completion of pdf documents

 

arrow Are names ever removed from the Register?

Yes.

  • on receipt of written request by a graduate to have his/her 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)

 

arrow If my name has been removed from the Register, can I still vote?

Only if you have re-registered in time to be included on the Register in use for the relevant Seanad election.

 

arrow When do Seanad Éireann Elections take place?

Seanad Elections take place within 90 days of the dissolution of Dáil Éireann - the Election is strictly a postal vote. In the event that more than three candidates are nominated, ballot papers are issued to all registered graduates.

Ballot Papers are sent by registered post on the date set out in the Minister’s Order.

arrow Purchasing a copy of the Seanad Éireann Register

By Order (S.I. No. 290 of 2000) of the then Minister of the Environment, Mr. Noel Dempsey, the following Regulation became effective from 21st September 2000:

The fee to be paid under paragraph (d) of Rule 15 of the First Schedule to the Act by an applicant for a copy of the revised[Seanad Éireann] register or any part thereof shall be fifty nine pence plus the sum of twelve pence for each one hundred by which the number of persons in the revised register or part thereof exceeds one hundred.
(Note: 59 pence = 75 cent; 12 pence = 15 cent)

The current Register, operative from 1st June 2019, contains the names of 112,216 electors.
Using the prescribed calculation*, the cost of the 2019 Register amounts to €169.00, either in hard or electronic copy.

*Number of 100’s, or part thereof, by which 112,216 exceeds 100 = 1122.
1122 x .15 = €168.30
+ €0.75
= €169.05
Cost of Register = €169.00 (Rounding)

Anyone purchasing a copy of the register must undertake to comply with the relevant provisions of the Irish Data Protection Act 2018 (and EU General Data Protection Regulations).

A form is available for this purpose from the NUI office.

The Seanad Register may be used only for electoral purposes.




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