eVoting

Find out more about the electronic voting system that will be used for the 2022 Council Election.

eVoting

At a special general meeting on 3 March, 96% of members voted to introduce an exclusively electronic voting for Council elections. Since then, a staff project team has been working to implement this decision for the 2022 Council Election, with support and oversight from the Law Society Technology Committee. You can watch a short video demonstration, or find more information, below.

 

 


Why eVoting

To learn more about electronic voting, and why members took this decision, you can read Technology Committee Vice Chair Peter McKenna’s article in the July 2022 Gazette.

The provider

After a competitive process, Simply Voting has been chosen as the eVoting platform provider. Simply Voting's system was launched in 2003 and is used by over 4,000 organisations worldwide.

Simply Voting was designed from the ground-up to minimise the risk of electoral fraud. Communication between your computer and the eVoting platform is encrypted with TLS 1.2. Simply Voting servers are "hardened" and routinely subjected to PCI Compliance security scans, while its application code adheres to guidelines set out by the Open Web Application Security Project.

Current status

Simply Voting has created the customised voting platform according to the requirements of the Society. This platform is currently being tested ahead of the ballot opening in October 2022.

How it works

When voting opens, a link will be available to members on www.lawsociety.ie/eVoting. Members can follow that link, and log in to the platform using the same credentials (solicitor number and password) as they use for lawsociety.ie. If you're not sure of your details, see how to check them below. After logging in, members can vote in the national and/or provincial election depending on their entitlements, and securely submit their ballot.

The voting platform will contain the election information from the candidates and enable members to cast their vote. The total votes submitted will be tallied immediately thereafter, and an electronic report will be available for the scrutineers to review and certify. Details of individual votes will remain confidential. 

Support

The Law Society is committed to helping members cast their ballot. Members can access support through live-chat, telephone, email, and (during business hours when the poll is open) an on-site helpdesk at Blackhall Place. 


Check your details

You'll log in to the platform using your solicitor number - which is also your username for lawsociety.ie - and the same password that you use for lawsociety.ie.

Your solicitor number is located on your Practising Certificate. If you don't have this, please contact the webmaster team, who can provide it after you answer some verification questions.

If needed, you can reset your password for lawsociety.ie. Remember to keep your login credentials secure, and do not share them with a third party.

You can also make sure that the Law Society has your correct email address.

Your membership

If you did not renew your membership during the PC renewal period, you can do so online.


At its meeting of 14 July 2022, the Council of the Law Society approved the following key dates for the 2022 Council Election.

  • Nomination forms and other documentation to issue: Friday 2 September 2022
  • Final date for the receipt of nominations for election (by fax or otherwise): Monday 26 September 2022 at 5pm
  • Final date for the receipt of originals of nominations for election received by fax or otherwise on the final date: Wednesday 28 September 2022 at 5pm
  • Final date for the submission of canvassing literature: Thursday 13 October 2022 at 5pm
  • Annual Election voting form being made available and accessible to members: Friday 21 October 2022
  • Close of poll date: Thursday 3 November 2022 at 5pm
  • Council Election Count: Friday 4 November 2022
  • AGM: Thursday 10 November 2022