Published: Tuesday, 31st May 2016
With the EU referendum fast approaching, we're urging you to register to vote by the 7 June deadline, if you aren't already; and to check the voting guide for advice on how to take part.
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.
The guide, which was delivered to every UK household over the past week, contains important information for voters on how to register to vote, how to cast your vote, and arguments from the lead campaigners for the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ side.
Mary Colangelo, Electoral Registration Officer for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “Now that voters in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have received the voting guide from the Electoral Commission, we hope people feel confident about taking part in the referendum on 23 June. Anyone that hasn’t received a copy can view it online at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/.
“Don’t forget that you won’t be able to have a say if you haven’t registered to vote by the 7 June deadline, so I’d encourage everyone to get online now and register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
“If you’ve moved house recently, please remember to register to vote at your new address. Updating your council tax details with the borough council doesn’t mean you’ve been automatically added to the register of electors, you need to do this separately.”
Voters that are already registered to vote are being reminded that they do not need to register again for the EU Referendum on 23 June.
Anyone can vote in the referendum if they 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, or
- A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years, or
- An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the least 15 years.
Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communications at the Electoral Commission said:
“The referendum on 23 June is an opportunity for people to have their say on one of the key political issues of our time.
“Voters have told us that they want accessible and impartial information so that they feel they can make an informed decision at the ballot box. We have sent our voting guide to every household across the UK so that as many people as possible feel confident about casting their vote on 23 June”.
The guide is also available online and has been produced in a range of different languages and accessible formats.
Any voters who require any additional information are advised to go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ or to telephone the Electoral Commission helpline on 0800 3 280 280.
To register to vote, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote