Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2001

Direct vote recording and electronic vote counting.

36.—(1) Notwithstanding the provisions contained in Parts XVII, XVIII and XIX of the Principal Act, voting and vote counting at a Dáil election may be undertaken on voting system equipment approved for such purposes by the Minister.

(2) The Minister may by order designate a constituency or constituencies in which voting machines and electronic voting systems or other equipment approved under subsection (1) shall be used at Dáil elections.

(3) Every order made under this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made.

(4) The Minister may, subject to section 31 of the Principal Act, whenever he or she thinks proper so to do, issue to all returning officers or any returning officer such instructions in relation to voting and vote counting under this Part as he or she shall consider necessary or expedient in order to ensure smooth and efficient voting and vote counting and to secure uniformity of procedures under this Part.

(5) No returning officer shall be required or authorised by an instruction given by the Minister under subsection (4) to do any act (whether of commission or omission) which is contrary to this Part or the Principal Act.

(6) Sections 96, 98, 99, 100 and 106 of the Principal Act shall apply to voting under this Part.