If you are listed on the Register of Electors in Ireland, a polling card will be sent to your home before the referendum date. Your polling card will include your elector number and will tell you where you can vote. It will also include a formal statement explaining what the referendum is about.
On the day of the referendum, you must go to the polling station stated on your polling card. There will be information available at the polling station explaining what the referendum is about. You will be given a ballot paper.
Voting is by secret ballot. Your ballot paper will contain short instructions on how to vote and will show the title of bill proposing to amend the Constitution. Your ballot paper will ask you whether you approve of the passing of the bill. You must mark "X" in either the "yes" or the "no" box on your ballot paper. You may fold your ballot paper to hide how you voted and place it in a sealed ballot box. You may only vote once at a referendum.
Under the Electoral Regulations 2016 (SI 537/2016) a ballot paper template is available to allow voters with visual impairments to mark their ballot papers at a referendum without assistance.
You will normally be required to vote in person at an official voting centre but you may be eligible for a postal vote if you are:
You may also be eligible for a postal vote if you cannot go to a polling station because:
Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25 November each year at the latest.
If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station.
For more information see Registering to vote.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.