JenniferScott commented All you need to know about voting in the EU referendum
It is almost time to cast your vote in the EU referendum, but what do you need to do to in order to vote? We have all the information you need here.
The campaign is almost over for deciding whether Britain remains a member of the European Union or goes it alone.
Politicians have spent the past two months vying for your vote and trying to get you on their side.
But this is a decision for you and you alone to make, whether that be to stay in or get out.
So, here is all you need to know about voting in the once in a lifetime election.
Who can vote?
It is too late to register now, and hopefully you made it in time after all the issues with the website!
But there are three main criteria you need to meet to be allowed to vote.
Firstly, you must be 18 or be turning 18 before voting day.
Second, you must be either a British or Irish citizen living in the UK, 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, 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.
And finally, you must be a resident at the property you are registered at. If you need to change your address, go to the same website for registering to vote and update your details before the deadline.
What will happen on the day?
The process will be like most other elections. Your polling card, that will be delivered to your house, will have the address on where you go to vote – it is normally a local school, church or community centre.
It will then be a case of getting yourself there between 7am and 10pm on polling day, Thursday, June 23, to cast your vote. Anyone in the queue before 10pm will still be allowed to vote.
Don’t worry, it is very easy to do, and there are lots of people on hand to answer any questions. The only one they can’t help you with is which way to vote!
The question will read: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” Voters will need to mark an X in either the ‘Remain a member of the European Union’ box or the ‘Leave the European Union’ box.
What if I cannot make it on the day?
There are other options for voting if you are out of the country or don’t think you can make it to your local polling station.
The first option is to vote by post, which means you will be sent a ballot paper and have to send it back before the deadline. The deadline to apply for this is 5pm on June 8.
The other option is to vote by proxy – get someone else to cast your vote for you. They will have to be registered to vote though. The deadline for this is June 15.
Both of these options are available online or have their own application forms you can download or request from the council.
But again, the deadline has now passed.
When do we find out the result?
After voting closes, the count will begin immediately.
The country has been split into 11 regions to collect the local totals from each council, and collate a regional total.
Nottingham City Council will be carrying out its count at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village on the night and they are expecting to announce at around 2am. We will be there on the night to bring you the result as it breaks.
These local totals will then be passed to the regional officer in Kettering for the East Midlands total.
And then this will then be passed onto the chief counting officer, who will tot the numbers up and announce them at an event in Manchester on Friday, June 24.
The two campaigns
The in vote…
Britain Stronger in Europe has been designated as the group campaigning for the country to stay as a member of the European Union.
It’s most high profile backers include the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the majority of Labour MPs, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, the Alliance party, the Green Party and the SDLP in Northern Ireland.
It is being run by former Marks and Spencer chairman Lord Rose, and its biggest funder so far is Lord Sainsbury.
The campaign’s key points claim that there will be a better economy, better leadership and better security if we remain in the political alliance.
It says for every £1 we put into the EU, we get almost £10 back in investment.
For more on their campaign, visit www.strongerin.co.uk.
The out vote…
The Vote Leave campaign will be campaigning for Britain to get out of the European Union.
Millionaires including Peter Cruddas who backs the Conservatives and John Mills, who backs the Labour Party, have made large donations to the group fighting for Brexit.
The main campaign point they believe in is that there needs to be a new deal between the UK and the EU based on free trade and co-operation, but removing the control of law that the organisation has.
It also says it wants to claim back British seats in large institutions, such as the World Trade Organisation.
Follow all of our coverage of the EU referendum and vote in our weekly poll at www.nottinghampost.com/eu.