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General Election 2017

#EUref: Voting underway – what you need to know

Voters leave the polling station at Omagh County PS after casting their vote in the EU referendum. JPM4508

Voters leave the polling station at Omagh County PS after casting their vote in the EU referendum. JPM4508

Voting is underway in the referendum to decide whether the UK, including Northern Ireland, should remain in the EU or leave.

Voting got underway at 7am and continues until 10pm tonight. The count will begin soon after polls close at 10pm in Omagh Leisure Centre. The West Tyrone and Fermanagh and South Tyrone ballots will be counted in Omagh.

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The local results should be known at the early hours of Friday, with the UK wide picture becoming clear by around 5am.

VOTING GUIDE

If you’re not completely sure on the procedures around voting in today’s EU referendum, take a quick look at our guide.

The question on ballot papers today is as follows:

‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’

Voters have the option of selecting ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’.

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WHERE DO I VOTE:

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Polling cards were issued in May. But if you’ve misplaced yours, don’t worry. You don’t need it with you to vote. Just go to the same polling station where you cast your vote in the recent Assembly or Westminster elections.

If you’ve never voted before or if you’re not sure where your local polling station is, simply visit the Electoral Office website and enter your post code in the ‘Where to Vote’ box.

HOW TO VOTE:

At the polling station table:

  1. A member of polling station staff will ask you to confirm your name and address.

  2. You will be asked to produce your photographic identification.

  3. They will issue the ballot paper to you.

  4. You should then go to the polling booth, mark your ballot paper, fold it to conceal your vote and insert it into the ballot box.

If you need assistance you should ask a member of staff.

On the ballot paper, put a cross ‘X’ in the box next to your choice. Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or your vote may not count.

WHAT FORM OF ID CAN I USE TO VOTE?

The following identity documents can be used to prove your identity when you vote at a polling station:

  • A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part) (provisional accepted)

  • A UK or Irish passport

  • An Electoral Identity Card

  • A Translink Senior SmartPass 

  • A Translink 60+ SmartPass

  • A Translink War Disabled SmartPass

  • A Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass

The identification document does not need to be current, as long as the photograph is of a good enough likeness to allow polling station staff to confirm the identity of the holder.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, TRY THE ELECTORAL OFFICE GUIDE

 

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