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Friday, May 27, 2016

Have you received your EU Referendum voting guide? – You can’t miss it!

With the EU referendum fast approaching, West Lancashire Borough Council is urging residents to register to vote by the Tuesday 7 June deadline, and to check the Electoral Commission’s voting guide for advice on how to take part.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The guide, which was delivered to every UK household over the past week, contains important information for voters on how to register to vote, how to cast your vote, and arguments from the lead campaigners for the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ side.

Kim Webber, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire Borough Council, said:

“Now that voters in West Lancashire  have received the voting guide from the Electoral Commission, we hope people feel confident about taking part in the referendum on 23 June.  Anyone that hasn’t received a copy can view it online at about my vote (external link).

“Don’t forget that you won’t be able to have a say if you haven’t registered to vote by the 7 June deadline, so I’d encourage everyone to get online now and register at register to vote (external link).

Voters that are already registered to vote are being reminded that they do not need to register again for the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.  Anyone who wants to check they are registered can call the Elections Office on 01695 585014.”

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communications at the Electoral Commission said: 

“The referendum on 23 June is an opportunity for people to have their say on one of the key political issues of our time. 

“Voters have told us that they want accessible and impartial information so that they feel they can make an informed decision at the ballot box.  We have sent our voting guide to every household across the UK so that as many people as possible feel confident about casting their vote on 23 June”.

The guide has been produced in a range of different languages and accessible formats.

Any voters who require any additional information are advised to go to about my vote (external link) or to telephone the Electoral Commission helpline on 0800 3 280 280.

Register to Vote

You can fill in an online registration by visiting register to vote (external link) or register to vote. For more information please email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form. The closing date to be on the register so you can vote in the EU Referendum is Tuesday 7 June 2016. 

Postal or Proxy Votes

To apply for a postal or proxy vote form please call the Elections Office on 01695 585014, email electionsoffice@westlancs.gov.uk, download an application form from www.westlancs.gov.uk/elections or call in to: The Council Offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF. 

Your completed application form for a postal vote must reach the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016. Completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. 

Emergency Proxy Votes

Applications to vote by emergency proxy in the Referendum applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 23 June 2016. 

Applications to vote by emergency proxy in the Referendum for work/service reasons that arise after 5pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

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