EU Referendum – Need to know

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Today the EU referendum takes place, Thursday 23rd June 2016, across the UK

 

What is happening?

Today is your chance to vote in the EU referendum on whether the UK should remain or leave in the EU.  The referendum question posited in the polling booth shall be thus: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union”.

 

Who can vote

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 or over who are resident in the UK (or Gibraltar) are eligible to vote.  UK citizens resident overseas will also be eligible to vote, provided they have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.

 

Where do I vote?

Whilst a polling card identifying where your polling station is located should have been sent in the post to the you before today’s vote it is not necessary (though easier) to take this with you before you vote. If your polling card has gone awol you can still find out where to vote by contacting your local election office.  Also the remain campaign’s website allows you to run a widget which will reveal the location of your local polling station.  Alternatively the local authority will be able to tell you where you can vote.  Polling stations will be open today from 07:00 until 22:00.

 

How do I vote?

Once you arrive at the polling station you will see people sitting at a desk with a copy of the electoral register.  Hand over you polling card or just tell them your name and address and they’ll check it against the list.You will then receive a ballot paper.  You then signal your voting intention by putting a cross (X) in the “Remain a member of the EU” box or “Leave the European Union “ box on the ballot paper.  Ensure you only use a cross and only in one box or it is possible you will spoil your ballot paper

 

When can I find out the result

The outcome of the referendum is not expected to be known until early morning on Friday.  Due to uncertainty the major networks have not commissioned exit polls so if you really want to know in real time get some coffee on and be prepared for a long evening.  The final result will be announced by the Electoral Commission in Manchester

 

Happy Voting from Speedy!

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