13. EU Referendum
The referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union takes place on Thursday 23 June 2016.
To be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum 2016 you need to be:
- registered to vote
- registered to vote as an overseas elector in respect of an address in East Devon
- 18+ years old
- British, Irish, Cypriot, Maltese, or a Commonwealth citizen
Please note that the voting rights for this Referendum are the same as for a Parliamentary election, so EU citizens will be unable to vote.
Your poll card
Providing your name is on the electoral register and you are eligible to vote, you will receive a poll card which tells you where you should vote.
If you have already chosen to vote by post then you will receive a poll card which tells you when and where your voting papers will be sent.
If you know you won't be able to vote in person, then you can either:
- apply to vote by post (by 5pm 8 June 2016)
- apply to vote by proxy, appoint someone else to vote on your behalf (by 5pm 15 June 2016)
If you are interested in either of the above, please contact our helpline on 01395 517402.
If your postal application has been successful you should receive a postal ballot pack by 17 June 2016.
Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on Referendum Day, Thursday 23 June 2016.
The votes will be verified and counted immediately following the close of poll and the results for the East Devon voting area will be posted on this website shortly after they are declared.
You do not need to take your poll card with you to the polling station.
What happens in a polling station?
- When you arrive, you’ll need to speak to the election staff at the desk. Tell them your name and address.
- They will mark the register to show you have been given the ballot paper(s) you are entitled to.
- You will need to go to one of the empty polling booths and mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper(s), opposite the answer you are voting for. Make sure you put no other mark or writing on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted. Fold the ballot paper(s) to keep your vote secret.
- Go back to the desk and show the election staff the numbering on the back of the ballot paper, before you put the ballot paper(s) in the ballot box and leave the polling station.
The ballot paper
The ballot paper will ask the question:
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
- Remain a member of the European Union
- Leave the European Union
If you are interested in finding out more you can go to the Electoral Commission's website.