Public urged to vote in EU referendum in good time amid high turnout predictions

A polling station in Eaton Ward, Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay

A polling station in Eaton Ward, Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

People are being urged to vote in good time tomorrow and to avoid the busy early evening amid predictions there will be a high turnout for the EU referendum.

The warning comes after the Electoral Commission revealed a record number of voters is eligible to vote in the European Union referendum, with provisional figures showing 46,499,537 people are registered.

Voter registration in Norwich is at its highest level since individual electoral registration was introduced in 2015, with 96,081 people now on the electoral roll.

Norwich counting officer Laura McGillivray said the number of people who had registered to vote showed what a politically engaged population there was in Norwich, but warned there could be long queues if people left it too late to vote.

Traditionally, polling stations are at their busiest in the early evening. In previous years, other cities have seen long queues just before the polling stations close at 10pm – the time when no one else can join the queue.

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Ms McGillivray said: 'We are fortunate to have a politically engaged population in Norwich, as demonstrated by the number of people that have registered to vote.

'To help reduce the likelihood of long queues on the day, we are asking voters to vote early and avoid arriving at polling stations during peak times, if possible.'

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Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

•The EDP and Evening News will have live coverage online on Thursday night and Friday morning of the vote

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