Voter Registration for EU Referendum
23 May 2016
23 May marks the one month countdown to the EU Referendum, a once in a generation decision on whether the UK should remain or leave the European Union.
It is important that as many people as possible understand the need to register to vote ahead of this if they haven’t already.
With this in mind the Electoral Commission are calling on as many communities, networks, businesses and individuals as possible to spread the word about the need to register to vote by Tuesday 7 June.
The Electoral Commission have suggested some simple things that could be done to promote the message:
- Print and put up posters in public facing buildings and staff rooms
- Add a register to vote message to your website and bulletins/newsletters
- Use social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook to promote the need to register by 07 June
- Encourage networks, friends and colleagues to register
- Hold a voter registration drive in your workplace or community.
The Electoral Commission are also providing specific additional resources for overseas voters, Northern Ireland voters and also a Welsh version of their EU Referendum guide. These additional resources are on the Electoral Commission’s website.
If you are not already registered to vote, you must register by 07 June to have a say in the EU Referendum which takes place on 23 June.
- You can register online and it just takes a couple of minutes
- You’ll need your national insurance (NI) number to hand, which can be found on payslips, P60s, student loan forms
- If you can’t find your NI number visit the NI help service
- If you are going to be away on 23 June you can apply for a postal or proxy vote (where someone votes on your behalf)
- Register to vote at GOV.UK.
Please note that activity can continue until the registration deadline on 07 June unless your organisation is majority publicly funded. If that is the case please plan your voter registration activity from 7 May - 26 May. From 27 May, section 125 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000 will apply. More info here.