See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for Ireland

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Ireland. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Parliamentary

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2011
70.05%
2,243,176
3,202,442
63.78%
3,516,795
4,670,976
1%
 No
2007
67.03%
2,085,245
3,110,914
68.89%
3,026,706
4,234,925
0.90%
 No
2002
62.57%
1,878,609
3,002,173
66.98%
2,804,939
3,840,838
1.10%
 No
1997
65.92%
1,806,932
2,741,262
67.38%
2,681,821
3,807,391
0.99%
 No
1992
68.49%
1,751,351
2,557,036
73.65%
2,377,830
3,549,000
1.50%
 No
1989
68.51%
1,677,592
2,448,810
71.23%
2,355,050
3,515,000
1.20%
 No
1987
73.33%
1,793,406
2,445,515
77.87%
2,302,950
3,543,000
0.90%
 No
1982
72.86%
1,701,385
2,335,153
76.33%
2,229,120
3,483,000
0.70%
 No
1981
76.22%
1,734,379
2,275,450
78.78%
2,201,600
3,440,000
0.90%
 No
1977
76.31%
1,616,770
2,118,606
85.17%
1,898,340
3,273,000
0.90%
 No
1973
76.61%
1,366,474
1,783,604
77.76%
1,757,400
3,030,000
1.20%
 No
1969
76.93%
1,334,963
1,735,388
77.22%
1,728,700
2,930,000
1.20%
 No
1965
75.14%
1,264,666
1,683,019
74.43%
1,699,200
2,880,000
0.90%
 No
1961
70.61%
1,179,738
1,670,860
70.96%
1,662,620
2,818,000
1%
 No
1957
71.25%
1,238,559
1,738,278
70.38%
1,759,850
2,885,000
0.90%
 No
1954
76.45%
1,347,932
1,763,209
75.34%
1,789,130
2,933,000
0.90%
 No
1951
75.27%
1,343,616
1,785,144
74.39%
1,806,210
2,961,000
0.90%
 No
1948
74.25%
1,336,628
1,800,210
73.41%
1,820,850
2,985,000
1%
 No

Presidential

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfil a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2011
56.11%
1,790,438
3,191,157
50.72%
3,529,938
4,670,976
 No
1997
46.71%
1,279,688
2,739,529
47.72%
2,681,821
0.80%
 No
1990
64.10%
1,584,095
2,471,308
0.60%
 No
1973
47.60%
1,279,688
2,688,316
47.72%
2,681,821
3,626,087
0.80%
 No
1966
65.35%
1,116,915
1,709,161
65.73%
1,699,200
2,880,000
0.60%
 No
1959
58.40%
980,167
1,678,450
58.37%
1,679,140
2,846,000
1.50%
 No
1945
60.24%
1,086,338
1,803,463
60.33%
1,800,720
2,952,000
6.20%
 No

EU Parliament

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Population
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfil a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2014
52.44%
1,701,942
3,245,348
47.45%
3,586,748
4,832,765
2.67%
 No
2009
57.57%
1,875,920
3,258,320
54.19%
3,461,547
4,579,996
2.48%
 No
2004
58.58%
1,841,335
3,143,026
62.52%
2,945,038
4,027,732
3.30%
 No
1999
50.21%
1,438,287
2,864,361
54.72%
2,628,426
3,732,201
3.24%
 No
1994
43.98%
1,157,296
2,631,575
47.92%
2,415,232
3,583,154
1.70%
 No
1989
68.30%
1,675,707
2,453,451
73.69%
2,274,127
3,515,048
2.60%
 No
1984
47.60%
1,148,780
2,413,404
51.97%
2,210,380
3,522,800
2.50%
 No
1979
63.60%
1,392,076
2,188,798
67.06%
2,075,900
3,354,700
3.80%
 No