​Put an ‘X’ in a box! Make sure you know how to have your say on 23 June

Issued on behalf of the Counting Officer.

Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

Across Highland Council area:

  • There are 175,557 voters (as at 20 June 2016);
  • 282 polling stations will be open; and
  • 566 polling station staff will be on duty

Steve Barron Counting Officer Highland Council area said:

“Putting a cross in a box might seem simple, but there are plenty of things voters need to consider in order to be ‘referendum ready’. 

“Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station, and you will find more information on how to take part at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.  Voters can also get in touch with the team here at Highland Council with any further queries.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission, Scotland, said:

“The Electoral Commission has sent an impartial voting guide to every household in Sotland and across the UK. The guide is full of information on what to expect on polling day and how to take part.

On 23 June, voters in Scotland will get the chance to have a say on an issue of real importance, and we want everyone to feel confident in casting their vote.”

The question on the ballot paper will be ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’.  Voters will be instructed to put a cross in the box for their preferred outcome - ‘Remain a member of the European Union’ or ‘Leave the European Union’. 

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 June.  Voters who have opted to vote by post need to make sure their postal ballot pack is returned by 10pm on 23 June.  Voters can hand it in at their polling station if they have not left enough time to return it by post.

The Electoral Commission advises voters not to take photos inside their polling station as they could potentially breach the secrecy of the ballot requirements.

There is more information on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or you can call the Election Help-line on 01349 8866657.

20 Jun 2016