EU referendum: how and where to vote

Young people's votes could swing the EU referendum. Pic: Jeff Djevdet/

Young people’s votes could swing the EU referendum. Pic: Jeff Djevdet/

Londoners are set to head to the ballot boxes tomorrow (June 23) to cast their votes in what we at ELL think is a vital moment for the UK.

We urge you to vote Remain, to ensure a secure future for the country. The outcome of the EU referendum will have major consequences for young people – more than any other generation, as we have explored in our campaign on ELL.

Here’s how to do it.

The question on your ballot paper will read: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? You can put a cross (X) in one box only.

There are three ways you can vote: in person, by proxy or by post. The deadline to apply for for postal vote and proxy have been and gone, but you can still vote in person on the day.

To vote in person, you need to know where your polling station is. The address should be on your polling card, which should arrive at your home before voting day. The polling station will be marked clearly. You can also find out where your polling station is by contacting your Electoral Services Office, here are the links for Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Croydon.

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. You need to make sure you arrive within this time. There may be queues, so don’t arrive at 9:58pm and still expect to vote! You don’t need your polling card or any ID, all you have to do is give your name and address when you arrive at the polling station and staff will cross your name off a list.

If you have received your postal vote you need to send it so it arrives at your local registration office before 10pm on Thursday June 23. You don’t need a stamp, just follow the instructions that come with your postal vote and put it in any postbox when you’re done.

A proxy vote involves you nominating another person to vote on your behalf. This could be because you’re away from home on polling day or if you have a condition that means you cannot be physically present at the polling station. If you’ve applied for a proxy vote and been accepted, your nominated person need to turn up to YOUR assigned polling station (not theirs) and let the staff know they’ll be voting on your behalf.

Don’t take a selfie inside the polling station and don’t share a picture of your ballot paper on social media! It could reveal the number on you ballot paper, or how you, or anyone else has voted. This is a crime and you could face a fine of £5,000 or even 6 months in jail.

If you have a vote – please use it!

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