Your handy guide to the Louth local elections 2019
This Friday (May 24) sees the people of county Louth go to the polls in the local elections.
With that in mind the Democrat has put together a (hopefully!) handy explainer guide to the whole thing.
So let's go!
There are 29 seats on the Louth County Council up for decision this Friday.
In Louth there are five electoral areas in total: Dundalk South (7 seats); Dundalk/Carlingford (6 seats); Ardee (6 seats); Drogheda Urban (6 seats) and Drogheda Rural (4 seats).
For visuals on the five electoral areas, check them out here
We've decided to focus on the candidates for three areas - Dundalk South, Dundalk/Carlingford and Ardee.
To begin with, check out our dedicated article on the eleven candidates in the Dundalk South area fighting for the seven available seats.
Then, why not check out the nine candidates vying for the six seats up for decision in Dundalk/Carlingford.
Meanwhile in Ardee there are 13 candidates battling it out for the six seats there.
The system for democratic voting and counting here in Ireland is called Proportional Representation (PR). It's not your standard 'first past the post' set-up, but the general consensus is that it's a fairer system for democratic election.
Check out the guide to understanding PR here.
Make sure to stick with the Dundalk Democrat throughout the weekend for live updates from the count - Your No. 1 for local election coverage!
And remember - your vote matters.