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Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 23rd June for the European referendum.

Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections and referendums.

If you are already registered to vote you do not need to register again. You will receive a polling card telling you the date and time of the referendum and the address of your polling station.

For those who are not already registered to vote, you must register by Tuesday 7th June, and you can do so by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the city council on 01452 396203 (you will need your national insurance number).

To vote by post at this referendum, your application must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8th June.

To vote by proxy, where you nominate someone to make your vote for you, your application must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 15th June.

Unless you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the date of the referendum during the hours shown on the card. You can show the polling station staff your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.

You will be asked to provide your name and address, and the staff at the polling station will double check you are on the register. You will be given one ballot paper to vote in the referendum, which will have instructions on how to cast your vote.

Once inside the polling booth you can cast your vote, and are advised to fold the ballot paper so your vote remains private.

If you are not sure what to do, ask the polling station staff to help you, but do not let anyone see your vote.

Jon McGinty, local counting officer at Gloucester City Council, said: “We want every eligible person in Gloucester to come and use their right to vote on the 23rd June.

“This is a hugely important part of democracy, not just for Gloucester, but the whole of the UK, and I hope that we have a really good turnout.

“You may have voted in the recent local elections, in which case it is a similar process, but if this will be the first vote you cast, don’t be put off. There are people at every polling station to help if you aren’t sure what to do.”

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