In the UK, turnouts for voting for any kind in recent years has been poor. However, 2016 is a landmark year for the future of UK in the EU and voting in June will offer what for many will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a say in the future.
The EU Referendum this year is an historic milestone and your vote could be the difference between remaining in the EU or leaving. You can vote in person, by proxy or by post. If you’re not already registered to vote, you need to do so by 7 June.
When is the vote?
The EU Referendum is on Thursday 23 June.
What is it for?
It will decide whether the UK will remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.
You can vote if you are:
- 18 or over
- A British Citizen living in the UK
- A commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
How can I vote?
Firstly, you must make sure you are registered to be able to vote in the EU Referendum.
If you are not already registered to vote, go to gov.uk/register-to-vote
Registering to vote is quick and easy. You’ll just need your National Insurance
number, date of birth and address to hand.
The deadline for registering is 7 June 2016.
If you are already registered to vote you will receive a poll card by Wednesday 25 May.
I’m not sure if I’m registered to vote. How can I check?
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you should contact your local electoral registration office. They will be able to let you know.
To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the ‘Your local area’ section of the website – aboutmyvote.co.uk
If you are a British or Irish citizen (who was born in Northern Ireland) living abroad, you will need to contact the local electoral registration office for the address you were last registered at in the UK.
OK, I’m registered – what now?
Provided you are registered to vote, there are a few ways you can do it:
• In person
• By post
• By proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf)
By post or by proxy:
If you’re travelling, or unable to get to your polling station on 23 June there are other options. So long as you’re registered, or have made an application to register, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). Both you and your proxy must be registered to vote.
You can apply to vote by post until 5pm, Wednesday 8 June. If you would like to vote by post you must already be registered, or have submitted your application to register. If you’re not already registered to vote, you must register by Tuesday 7 June.
If you need a postal or proxy vote, go to aboutmyvote.co.uk to download a form. The application deadline is 8 June for postal votes, and 15 June for proxy votes.
• Go to aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280 for more information.
Please note: Not everyone who was eligible to vote at the elections on 5 May will also be
eligible to vote in the EU Referendum. Go to aboutmyvote.co.uk to check if you can vote in the referendum.
Did you know – you should also register to vote every time you move house?