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EU Referendum: Everything you need to know about how, where and when you can vote in London

With little time left before results will be revealed as to whether Brexit campaigners have won over voters, we give you the details you need for voting in the European Referendum

Are you convinced by vote Leave or adamant vote Remain is the right decision?

As the big European Union question of Leave or Remain draws closer, with polling day marked as Thursday (June 23), getwestlondon round up the basics on voting details.

In the weeks leading up to the election, voters have witnessed political disputes and personal insults from both sides making the debate all the more heated.

Some of west London's key political figures, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Vote Leave's staunch defender Boris Johnson have all had their say on the referendum.

Meanwhile, businesses such as Heathrow Airport have all waded into the EU question - what effects will it have on the economy and what it will mean for the country's job security have all been discussed.

Colleges across the boroughs have had visits from the business Minister, and community groups of pro-EU or Brexit campaigners have taken to the streets in a last push to get people voting.

But now it's over to the voters.

Do you know where you can vote? Are you eligible to have your say? Here's everything you need to know about crossing that ballot box in London.

Who can vote?

As per the EU Referendum Act of 2015 – only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 who are resident in the UK or Gibraltar will be able to vote.

British citizens who have lived abroad for less than 15 years will also have their say.

Who cannot vote?

You are not able to vote in elections in the UK if

  • you aren't a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth or EU citizen

  • you are a convicted person detained in pursuance of your sentence, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)

  • you have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

How can you check if you're on the electoral register?

Every borough holds the electoral register for their area and it can't be found online. Get in touch with your local electoral registration office who will be able to let you know. Your office can be found by typing in your postcode on this website.

Which are the three ways to vote?

If you will be overseas on 23 June 2016, you need to apply to vote by post to have your say. But for most Londoners, there are these three ways to cast your vote on the referendum.

  • At the polling station in person: You will receive a poll card telling you where your polling station is, which will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday

  • Emergency Proxy: If you have just had a medical emergency arise that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. This is something you can apply for up until 5pm on 23 June

  • Postal vote: If you have registered for a postal vote, you can send this off to the self addressed envelope. However, the deadline has passed to register by post

How will the votes be counted in London?

Once all votes have been counted, each of the Local Counting Officers in London’s 33 local authority areas will report the number of votes cast for each option to the Regional Counting Officer (RCO).

The RCO will collate the results electronically and forward to the Chief Counting Officer who will be based in Manchester to declare the final result.

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