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European referendum – the electoral timetable

European referendum ballot paper
Extracted from the Electoral Commission’s timetable.

Event Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight) Date

 

Application period for designation as lead campaigner opens N/A Friday 4 March
Application period for designation as lead campaigner closes N/A Thursday 31 March
Statutory deadline for designation of lead campaigners N/A Thursday 14 April
Launch of public awareness campaign Between five and six weeks Sunday 15 May
Launch of first phase of public awareness campaign

Door-drop of public information booklet begins

Between five and six weeks Monday 16 May
Publication of notice of referendum Not later than 25 days; on the date specified by the CCO Tuesday 17 May
Delivery of poll cards to electors As soon as practicable after the publication of the notice of referendum; within a period of five working days starting with the day after the last date for publication of the notice of referendum Between Wednesday 18 May and Tuesday 24 May
Despatch of postal votes to overseas addresses Within a period of five days starting with the day which is four days after the last date for publication of the notice of referendum; must not be issued so as to be received before 28 calendar days before the poll Between Monday 23 May and Friday 27 May
Publication of first interim referendum notice of alteration (excluding Northern Ireland) 19 days Wednesday 25 May
Postal votes delivered to electors at UK addresses Within a period of five days starting with the day which is eight days after the last date for publication of the notice of referendum; must not be issued so as to be received before 28 calendar days before the poll Between Friday 27 May and Friday 3 June
Phase one of public awareness campaign ends Three-and-a-half weeks Saturday 28 May
Phase two of public awareness campaign begins Three-and-a-half weeks Sunday 29 May
Deadline for the notification of appointment of referendum agents 16 days (noon) Noon on Tuesday 31 May
Publication of notice of poll and situation of polling stations Not later than 15 days Not later than Wednesday 1 June
Deadline for receiving new postal vote, postal proxy and proxy vote applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes (Northern Ireland only) 14 days (5pm) (Gibraltar bank and public holidays are not disregarded) 5pm on Friday 3 June 
Phase two (and all registration messaging) of public awareness campaign ends 13 days (Day before registration deadline) Monday 6 June
Phase three of public awareness campaign begins 12 days (day of registration deadline) Tuesday 7 June
Deadline for receiving applications for registration 12 days (Gibraltar bank and public holidays are not disregarded) Tuesday 7 June (note – after problems with the online registration website, this was extended to midnight on 9 June except in Northern Ireland)
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes (excluding Northern Ireland) 11 days (5pm) (Gibraltar bank and public holidays are not disregarded) 5pm on Wednesday 8  June
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by post or proxy on the grounds of health or employment as a constable or by the Counting Officer  (Northern Ireland only) 6 days (5pm) 5pm on Wednesday 15 June
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) (excluding Northern Ireland) 6 days (5pm) 5pm on Wednesday 15 June
Publication of second interim referendum notice of alteration (excluding Northern Ireland) Between 18 days and 6 days Between Thursday 26 May and Wednesday 15 June (inclusive)
Publication of final referendum notice of alteration 5 days Thursday 16 June
Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents 5 days Thursday 16 June
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes (excluding Northern Ireland) 4 days Friday 17 June
Last time for receipt of spoilt postal votes in time for postal votes to be re-issued (Northern Ireland only) 1 day (5pm) 5pm on Wednesday 22 June
Polling day 0 (7am to 10pm) 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 June
Phase three of public awareness campaign – and all activity – ends 0 (5pm) 5pm on Thursday 23 June
Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes (excluding Northern Ireland) 0 (5pm) 5pm on Thursday 23 June
Deadline for emergency proxy applications (excluding Northern Ireland) 0 (5pm) 5pm on Thursday 23 June
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal (Northern Ireland only) 0 (7pm) 7pm on Thursday 23 June
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal (excluding Northern Ireland) 0 (9pm) 9pm on Thursday 23 June

 

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