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Voting in the EU referendum for UK nationals in Austria

Many UK nationals living in Austria will be able to take part in the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union

The vote will take place on 23 June 2016.

To register as an overseas elector you must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. You will need to know your National Insurance number and date of birth, and have your passport to hand if you have one. If you don’t have a National Insurance number you can still register, but you may have to supply more information to show who you are.

If you were too young when you left the UK to have been registered, then you can register as an overseas voter if your parents (or guardians) were registered in the UK in the last 15 years.

Register online to vote at - it takes less than five minutes.

The sooner you get registered to vote, the more time you will have to arrange for a method of absent voting.

You can vote in one of three ways:

  • By post
  • By proxy (you designate someone you trust to vote on your behalf in the UK)
  • In person at a polling station in your constituency

It should be easier to vote by post for this referendum than for previous elections as the timetable for postal votes has been extended to allow postal votes to be sent out even earlier than usual, giving you more time to receive, complete, and return your ballot pack to the UK.

Overseas Voter Registration Day

Overseas Voter Registration Day on 4 February 2016 will be a day of activity supported by expat community hubs, overseas branches of UK political parties and embassies and consulates from around the world. Please let the Electoral Commission know if you’re interested in getting involved and encouraging people to vote.