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Plan now to cast your vote on June 23!

21 June 2016

Voters in the Allerdale Borough Council area who are intending to vote at a polling station on Thursday 23 June are being advised to plan when and where they will cast their vote on polling day.

Recent research carried out for the Electoral Commission found that 35% of voters hadn’t yet planned what time they would be voting and the Commission is recommending that everyone makes sure they plan when to vote so they don’t miss out on the day.

There are 115 polling stations in the Allerdale Borough Council area and all polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Voters who arrive at a polling station after 10pm will not be allowed to cast their vote, although any voter who arrives at the polling station before 10pm and is in a queue will still be able to vote.

The Commission also found that the most popular time for voting was between 5pm and 8pm with 19% of respondents planning to vote at this time, while a further 29% planned to vote before mid-day.

Andrew Seekings, Counting Officer for Allerdale Borough Council, is encouraging local residents to:

  • Plan what time they will cast their vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline as anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote.
  • Read and bring their poll card. These were sent out from the middle of May and therefore should have come through the door by now. It says where their polling station is. It’s not compulsory to bring the polling card in order to vote, but it will speed up the process in the polling station.
  • If voting by post, make sure that they send their postal ballot back in plenty of time as postal votes that arrive after 10pm on June 23 will not be counted. If they forget to send their postal ballot back then they can hand it in at any polling station in their council area on polling day
  • Mark their ballot paper with one ‘X’ only in the box beside the option they want.

Andrew Seekings said: “I encourage Allerdale residents to take a few minutes to plan what time they will arrive at the polling station on 23 June. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm and the busiest time is usually in the late afternoon – when parents come with their children after school - and early evening when people come to vote after work. Voters who can be flexible, may want to avoid the peak times.”

Residents should have received a poll card with details of where their polling station is. If anyone has misplaced their poll card, or are unsure where their polling station is, visit http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ and visit the EU Referendum pages for further information.” 

Further information on how to vote is available on the Electoral Commission’s website at: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ or ordered on 0800 3 280 280.

Ends

1. For more information contact 01900 702526, corp.comms@allerdale.gov.uk

2. To be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum, you must be:

·         A British or Irish citizen or a citizen of Malta or Cyprus 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, or

·         A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years, or

·         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.

3. EU citizens are not eligible to vote in the EU Referendum unless they meet the criteria in note 1 above.

4. The final electorate figure will be known shortly before polling day and will be published on the Commission’s website.

5. More information on the count process and the estimated declaration timings for the 382 local count areas can be found on the Commission’s website.

6. The Electoral Commission research was undertaken by YouGov using a sample of 2146 eligible voters across the UK.

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