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EU Referendum – registering to vote

Want to have your say in the EU referendum? Make sure that you are registered to vote by the deadline of 7 June.

You can vote in the EU referendum, on 23 June 2016, if you 18 or over, registered to vote in the UK, and are one of the following:

  • a British or Irish citizen living in the UK
  • 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.

If you are not already on the electoral register, you must register by midnight on 7 June if you want to vote in the EU referendum. (You can check with your local authority's electoral services team if you are not sure of your registration status).

You do not need to register again in order to vote in the EU referendum if you live in the UK and both of the following apply:

  • you were registered to vote in the May 2016 elections or the 2015 General Election
  • you still live at the same address.

How do I register to vote? In England, Scotland or Wales, register to vote online. 

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can register to vote online in the same way.

In Northern Ireland, visit Register to vote in Northern Ireland to download a registration form. 

If you are an Irish citizen living abroad who was born in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to download the correct form. 


Published: 31/05/2016

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