Issued on behalf of the Counting Officer for the South Ayrshire Council area

 20 June 2016  |  

South Ayrshire voters are being reminded to make sure their vote counts in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

There are just a few days until the referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union when voters will be asked:

"Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

Voters can answer with:

  • "Remain a member of the European Union"
  • "Leave the European Union"
There are three ways to vote in the referendum:
  • In person, at your polling place, which is detailed on your poll card. All 100 polling stations in South Ayrshire will be open from 7am until 10pm on 23 June.
  • By post – as long as you have registered for a postal vote. Your vote must be received by 10pm on 23 June 2016 or it won't be counted. If you leave it too late to post your vote back, you can hand your ballot paper and postal voting statement in to any polling place in South Ayrshire before they close at 10pm on polling day.
  • By proxy – where you trust someone else to cast your vote on your behalf. You must have registered for a proxy vote to do this.

While the exact number of eligible voters is still being finalised, there are currently more than 88,100 people registered to vote in the EU Referendum across South Ayrshire. And thousands have already returned their postal votes.

Eileen Howat, Counting Officer for the South Ayrshire Council area, said: "It's vital that everyone's vote counts, so make sure you take the time to vote and also ensure you complete your ballot paper properly.

"If you're a postal voter, you also need to ensure you take care when completing your postal voting statement by inserting the correct date of birth and signature. Any mistake could mean your ballot paper will not be counted."

For further information about voting in the EU Referendum, visit or