Posted: Mon 16th May 2016

Preparations Are Under Way To Enable Eligible Swansea Voters To Take Part In The EU Referendum

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 16th, 2016

Swansea Council’s elections team is preparing to enable thousands of residents to give their response to the referendum question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The good news is any residents already registered to vote for elections and eligible to have a say in the referendum will automatically be sent poll cards in due course – they do not need to register again. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

And the elections team will be on hand to help those not already registered or with changed circumstances to make sure they get their chance too. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea residents will be able to take part in the in/out EU vote if they are over 18 on June 23rd and are a British or Irish citizen living in the UK or a Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or doesn’t need leave to remain in the UK. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It has been decided nationally that British citizens living overseas who have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years can also have a say alongside Irish citizens living overseas born in Northern Ireland and registered to vote there in the last 15 years ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Alison O’Hara, Swansea Council’s Electoral Services Team Leader, said: “If you are already registered to vote for elections there is no need to register again for the EU referendum. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Only people who have not registered to vote so far or those whose circumstances have changed because of for example a house move since April will need to re-register by June 7th.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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