June 22, 2016
Voters advised to plan their trip to polling station
People who intend to vote in the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June are being advised to plan where and when they will cast their vote.
There are 149 polling stations in Bolton and all will be open from 7am to 10pm.
Voters who arrive at a polling station after 10pm will not be allowed to cast their vote, although any voter who arrives at the polling station before 10pm and is in a queue will still be able to vote.
Recent research from the Electoral Commission has found that the most popular time for voting was between 5pm and 8pm with 19% of respondents planning to vote at this time, while a further 29% planned to vote before mid-day.
Advice from the Electoral Commission says that voters should:
- Plan what time they will cast their vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline as anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote.
- Read and bring their poll card which should have come through the door. It says where their polling station is. It’s not compulsory to bring the polling card in order to vote, but it will speed-up the process in the polling station.
- If voting by post, make sure that they send their postal ballot back in plenty of time as postal votes that arrive after 10pm on June 23 will not be counted. If they forget to send their postal ballot back then they can hand it in at any polling station in their council area on polling day.