Access to polling stations

Whenever possible, polling stations are situated in buildings that are accessible to people with disabilities. Polling stations must be situated on the ground floor in all cases. If it is necessary and feasible, temporary ramps are installed to facilitate access to polling stations.

If you have difficulty gaining access to your local polling station, you can apply in writing to the returning officer – at least a week before polling day – for permission to vote at another polling station in the same constituency. The returning officer is the person responsible for the conduct of the election in your constituency. He or she will give public notice of all the polling stations in the constituency that are not accessible to wheelchair users.

In Dublin and Cork, the returning officer is the city or county sheriff, in other counties, it is the county registrar.

You can read more in the leaflet ‘Information for voters with disabilities’ on environ.ie (pdf).