Here is everything you need to know about voting in the EU referendum
- Credit: James Bass
Thursday June 23 is the day when the nation will head to the polls to vote in EU referendum. Here is everything you need to know about how to cast your vote.
When can I vote?
Polling stations open across the region at 7am and will remain open until 10pm. If you are in the queue by 10pm, you are guaranteed a vote, but the advice is to not leave it to the last minute as a high turnout is expected and you could be stuck in a queue for a while.
Where do I vote?
If you have registered to vote you should have received a polling card through the post which has your name, polling number and the address of your polling station printed on it.
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Polling stations are usually set up in public buildings such as schools, leisure centres and village halls near where you live.
To find the contact details of your local office, enter your postcode on the About My Vote website.
Can I go to any polling station?
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No. You must vote at the polling station to which you have been assigned. You can also take your postal vote to the polling station if you have not already posted it.
Do I need to take my polling card with me?
No. The polling card is for your information only. Your details will be available to staff at the polling station, so you just need to give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive and they will then give you your ballot paper to take to the polling booth.
What question will I be asked?
The question: 'Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?'
Put an X in the box which reflects your choice. If you mark any more boxes, your paper will be invalid.
Can I use social media while casting my vote?
In an age where everything seems to be put on social media it's natural that voters are keen to mark the historic occasion on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
But if you take a selfie or any photo, you could be in trouble if your picture happens to catch someone else's ballot paper. It is illegal to release information 'obtained in a polling station' and you could find yourself in breach of secrecy of the ballot requirements'. Doing so could result in a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison.
What if I cannot get to a polling station?
If you have just had a medical emergency arise that means you cannot go to the polling station in person you can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5pm.
•We will be running a live blog on this website throughout Thursday night and Friday morning to keep you up to date with results as they come in.