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Planning to vote in the EU Referendum?

The EU referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. To take part, you must be registered to vote by 7 June. This page outlines how you can check to see whether you are registered already, how to register if not, and where you can cast your vote on polling day.

Referendum

Planning to vote in the EU referendum?

Here's what you need to do:

· If you are already registered to vote and are eligible (see below) you can vote in the referendum - you don't need to do anything else.

· If you are not sure whether you are registered please contact the Council's Customer Services on 01775 761161.

· If you're not registered to vote, you can do so online quickly and easily. You must register to vote before June 7.

· If you're away ahead of or on referendum day and usually vote in person, consider a postal or proxy vote.

· If you're not sure where you can vote, check your polling card which will be sent through the post. 

Are you registered to vote?

If you are on the electoral role (you are registered to vote in elections), you do not need to do anything extra to vote in the referendum. If you're not sure whether you are registered, you can contact the Council's Customer Services.

Need to register?

If you're not registered already, you can register to vote quickly and easily at the Gov.uk website. It usually takes about 5 minutes and you will need your National Insurance number and your passport (if you're a British citizen living abroad).

To take part in the referendum on 23 June you must register by 7 June, but if you are already registered please don't register again.

Eligibility to vote in the referendum

You can vote in the referendum if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 23 June 2016 and are:

  • A British or Irish citizen living in the UK, or
  • 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
  • A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
  • An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the last 15 years

More information about the EU Referendum, including who can vote and how to vote, can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

The AboutMyVote website includes information for British citizens  living overseas.

Not going to be able to vote in person?

Postal Vote

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. If you haven't already arranged to vote by post in elections, you will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June to vote by post in the EU Referendum (including proxy postal votes). Please note you will need to be a registered elector to apply for a postal vote.

You can obtain an application to vote by post online. Please download the form, print it out, complete and sign it, and return it to South Holland District Council before the above deadline. This can be by hand/post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE or as a scanned email attachment to elections@sholland.gov.uk. Note that the dates that the postal vote ballot papers are being dispatched will depend when you applied for a postal vote and it was granted:

  • for applications processed before 11 May 2016, ballot papers will be dispatched to overseas addresses by the end of May or dispatched to UK addresses by 2 June 2016
  • for application processed between 11 May 2016 and the 8 June 2016 deadline, ballot papers will be dispatched to all addresses by 14 June 2016

Please note that postal vote ballot paper packs may take several days and it will depend on the postal service when they are delivered. Alternatively you can request that the postal ballot papers are sent to a different address but the same timetable does apply. The completed postal vote ballot papers need to be returned in time to arrive at South Holland District Council, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE by the 23 June 2016 election day deadline. You should consider the risks of postal delays.

Proxy Vote

Another option is to apply for somebody to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. The proxy must be confirmed on the Electoral Register too. You will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016 for a proxy casting a vote at your polling station.

You can obtain an application to vote by proxy online. Please download the form, print it out, complete and sign it, and return it to South Holland District Council before the above deadline. This can be by hand/post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding or as a scanned email attachment to elections@sholland.gov.uk.

If your proxy wants to vote by post they need to submit their postal proxy vote application for receipt at the Council Offices before 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 and your application to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf would also need to be here for that deadline.

Where you can vote

Your polling card will tell you where your polling station is. This is where you need to go on 23 June to cast your vote. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm. You can also check the location of our polling station contacting the Council's Customer Services on 01775 761161.

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