Who is eligible to vote at the EU Referendum?

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Are you registered to vote in the Referendum on whether or not the UK (including Northern Ireland) remains as a member of the European Union or leaves the EU?

On Thursday 23 June, the UK will hold a referendum on its membership of the European Union.

All persons who are:

  • Listed on the electoral register
  • At least 18 years of age on 23 June 2016
  • British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens*, including overseas electors

* “qualifying Commonwealth citizen” means that the applicant must have leave to remain in the United Kingdom or not require such leave, i.e. they must be in the UK legally.

European citizens are not eligible to vote at the EU referendum.

Register to vote/ change address/ change name

Eligible voters living in Northern Ireland can register to vote in the referendum in person at a polling station by sending a completed registration form to their local Area Electoral Office by 5pm on Tuesday 7 June.

Anyone who registered to vote in the elections which took place across the UK on 5 May is automatically registered to vote in the forthcoming referendum and does not need to re-register.  If someone is unsure of their registration, they can contact their local Electoral Registration Office who will be able to let them know if they are on the electoral list or not.

Frequently Asked Questions – Registration

The deadline for registering to vote or updating your details on the register for the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016 is 7 June.

The registration form can also be used to apply for an Electoral Identity Card. Visit the Electoral Identity Card page for details of how to apply.

To obtain this form in a range of different languages visit the Forms in other languages page. The form is also available in Braille, audio or large print formats upon request.

You may be required to send in evidence with your registration form – please see the evidence requirements below.

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