Make sure you are registered to vote in the EU referendum

Published Thursday, 19 May 2016

If you are not registered you will NOT be able to vote in this important referendum to determine Britain’s future.

With the EU referendum taking place on Thursday 23 June, the Elections team at the Borough Council is urging everyone to make sure that they are registered to vote, particularly residents who have recently moved and young people who will be 18 on or before 23 June. 

Anyone who needs to register should do so in plenty of time so they don’t risk missing the registration deadline of 7 June.

Cllr Amanda Wright, Executive Member for Electoral Services said: “It is common for people to think that because they are registered with council tax they are also registered to vote, but this is not the case and voter registration must be done separately. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote IN or OUT of the EU. If you are not registered and don’t register in good time you will lose your opportunity to be part of this decision-making. For many people, voting was a hard-won right and I am a strong believer in people having their say. Please register today.”

People can register online (gov.uk), or can call the Electoral Services office directly on 01455 255830 or 255835. They will need to provide their date of birth and National Insurance number.

Electors are also being encouraged to apply early if they wish to vote by post and do not have a postal vote in place at the moment. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 8 June. To qualify for a postal vote, they must be registered and verified. Application forms can be obtained by contacting the Electoral Services office.

Postal votes are sent out before the day of the referendum. Those who have a postal vote must be available to receive it. If they think they will be away shortly before Referendum Day they should contact the elections office as soon as possible to discuss the available options. 

Diary Dates

  • 7 June – Deadline to register to vote
  • 8 June (5pm) – Deadline to apply for a postal vote and to cancel or make changes to an existing postal vote. Deadline to change a postal vote to a proxy vote
  • 15 June (5pm) – Deadline for new proxy applications 
  • 17 June – First date that electors can request a replacement postal vote, if it has been lost or spoilt
  • 23 June – Polling day (polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm)

Last updated: 19/05/2016 12:23