Electoral Act, 1923


Method and Costs of Elections.

Proportional representation and constituencies.

17.—(1) A contested Dáil or Seanad election shall be according to the Principle of Proportional Representation, each elector having one transferable vote.

(2) The expression “transferable vote” means a vote:—

(a) capable of being given so as to indicate the voter's preference for the candidates in order; and

(b) capable of being transferred to the next choice when the vote is not required to give a prior choice the necessary quota of votes, or when, owing to the deficiency in the number of the votes given for a prior choice, that choice is eliminated from the list of candidates.