Additional voter registration not necessary for EU Referendum

10 May 2016

If you’re already registered to vote, you don’t need to do it again ahead of the EU Referendum – that’s the message from one local council receiving up to 50 duplicate applications a day from residents who are already registered to vote.  

Anyone who was registered to vote for last week’s elections will already be registered to vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

The only people who need to make sure they are registered by the deadline of 7 June are anyone who has moved home since mid-April, or who turns 18 between 6 May and 23 June.

Jean Hunter, chief executive and electoral registration officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We’re really pleased that people are keen to register to vote, but a separate application ahead of 23 June isn’t necessary if you’re already registered.”

The referendum will ask the question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Residents can vote “leave” or “remain” on their ballot paper.

South Cambridgeshire residents can quickly and easily register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling 03450 455 214. You will need your National Insurance number to hand.

Voters who will be out of the area on 23 June can apply for a postal and proxy vote. Find out more at www.scambs.gov.uk/elections or by calling 03450 455 214.

You can vote in the EU 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
  • 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
  • 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