Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016
Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the EU Referendum on 23 June.
Across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
• There are 113,209 eligible voters
• 107 polling stations will be open
• 274 polling station staff will be on duty
Ray Harding, Counting Officer for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said: “Putting a cross in a box might seem simple, but there are plenty of things voters need to consider in order to be ‘referendum ready’.
“Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station, and you will find more information on how to take part at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/. Voters can also get in touch with the team here with any further queries”.
Ben Brook, Head of the English Regions at the Electoral Commission, said: “The Electoral Commission has sent an impartial voting guide to every household in the UK which is full of information on what to expect on polling day and how to take part.
"On 23 June, voters across the UK will get the chance to have a say on an issue of real importance, and we want everyone to feel confident in casting their vote”.
The question on the ballot paper will be ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’. Voters will be instructed to put a cross in the box for their preferred outcome- ‘Remain a member of the European Union’ or ‘Leave the European Union’.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 June. Voters who have opted to vote by post need to make sure their postal ballot pack is returned by 10pm on 23 June. Voters can hand it in at their polling station if they have not left enough time to return it by post.
The Electoral Commission advises voters not to take photos inside their polling station as they could potentially breach the secrecy of the ballot requirements.
There is more information on http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ or you can call the Electoral Services team on 01553 616280.
NB: Please note that there is a road closure on Spenser Road/Hamburg Way which means that people who vote at the King's Lynn Masonic Centre will need to allow a little extra time to get to the polling station and to ensure they use an alternative route. Signage to assist will be in place on the day. Read more about this on our EU Referendum page.
EU Citizens Voting Rights and the 2016 EU Referendum
Referendums are one-off events, so the rules about who can vote in them are different each time. For the 2016 EU Referendum, the UK Parliament set the rules about who can vote. These rules are covered in The European Referendum Act. The Act states that those who are entitled to vote in UK Parliamentary elections, as well as peers and citizens of Gibraltar, are also entitled to vote in this referendum.
As EU citizens are not allowed to vote in UK Parliamentary elections, they also are not allowed to vote in the 2016 EU Referendum. This excludes Republic of Cyprus, Irish and Maltese citizens living in the UK.
If you are an EU citizen and hold dual nationality, you will be able to vote at the referendum if you also hold a nationality that makes you eligible to vote. You must also be registered to vote.