The EU Referendum is on Thursday 23 June. It will decide whether the UK will remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.
However you vote there are some important facts you need to know.
Have you Registered?
You must make sure you are registered to be able to vote in the EU Referendum. If you haven’t already registered to vote, you need to do so to vote in the referendum. The deadline to register is Tuesday 7 June. If you are already registered to vote you will receive a poll card by Wednesday 25 May. Registering to vote is quick and easy. You’ll just need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address to hand. If you are not already registered to vote, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Can I vote?
You can vote if you are 18 or over, a British or Irish 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.
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 www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to check if you can vote in the referendum.
How do I vote?
In person: You’ll receive a poll card at the address where you’re registered, which will tell you where to vote. Don’t worry if you lose it, you don’t need it to vote and you can contact your local council to find out where your polling station is.
If you’re away on 23 June, you can still vote in the EU Referendum either by post or by proxy.
Postal 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.
Proxy vote: Can’t vote in person for the EU Referendum on 23 June? You can appoint a proxy – someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Proxy vote applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June. But you and your proxy must have already registered to vote.
Where will you be living during the summer? If you’ll be back at home on 23 June, make sure you’re registered at that address to vote in the EU Referendum. The registration deadline is Tuesday 7 June. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you have a term time and a home address and you are registered at both addresses, you are only allowed to vote once in the referendum – it is an offence to vote twice.