Early voting on the country's islands is to be a thing of the past under legislation coming to Cabinet this week.

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien will bring the Electoral Reform Bill 2022 to Cabinet tomorrow. That paves the way for a major overhaul of Ireland's electoral system, with the end of early voting on the islands among the proposals.

Currently around 2,000 registered voters on 12 islands off the Galway, Mayo, and Donegal coasts go to the polls a day early.

Under the plans being brought to Cabinet by Minister O'Brien, islanders will vote at the same time as the rest of the country, with provisions expected to be made in case of bad weather affecting delivery of boxes.

A spokesperson for Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann told the Irish Examiner that they broadly support the idea.

The bill also provides for the establishment of a new statutory, independent Electoral Commission to take on a range of electoral functions including a review of constituencies after each census, as well as bans on cryptocurrency donations and a tightening of the rules on foreign donations.

 

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