There are some vicious rumours going around that the British government is deliberately cheating the electorate out of their right to vote in the EU referendum on 23rd June. This is simply not true. If you are already registered to vote in the UK, then you are entitled to vote in the referendum, just as you would be in any general or local election.
The main points are as follows.
Can I vote in the EU referendum?
You can vote in this referendum if you 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
- A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
- An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the last 15 years
How do I register to vote?
If you want to have your say at the EU referendum, you must be registered to vote.
Do I need to re-register to vote in the EU referendum?
Anyone who was already registered to vote (or recently registered) before the 18 April deadline for the elections taking place across the UK on 5 May will also be registered to vote at the EU Referendum and will be able to cast their vote. You do not need to re-register.
If your circumstances change, for example you move home between now and the EU Referendum registration deadline on 7 June, then you will need to re-register at your new property.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online anytime at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can register to vote online in the same way.
In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.
How do I check if I’m registered to vote?
Every local authority holds the electoral register for their area. There is no online electoral roll.
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you should contact your local electoral registration office. They will be able to let you know.
To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the Your local area section of our homepage.
If you are a British or Irish citizen (who was born in Northern Ireland) living abroad, you will need to contact the local electoral registration office for the address you were last registered at in the UK.
I just posted this because there seems to be a lot of confusion and I hope that the article can clarify for those who were confused.