Brexit Referendum - expat votes postage issues

4774News issued from the Electoral Commission* informs qualifying overseas voters that Postal Votes being posted back to the UK for the EU Referendum are using the International Business Reply Service (IBRS).

This service is commonly used for international mail and does not require any additional postage to be affixed.

The Commission is aware that a very small number of voters may have been incorrectly informed that the postal service in a handful of locations in Europe cannot accept IBRS items.

Royal Mail has confirmed that IBRS is accepted across all international posts. It is working closely with postal operators to ensure acceptance of postal votes.

Voters are advised that once a ballot is in the postal system (i.e. if it has been posted into a post box) it will be processed.

Overseas voters should not delay in returning their ballot pack to the UK in order for it to arrive by close of polls at 10pm, 23 June.

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*The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Its aim is integrity and public confidence in the UK's democratic process. It regulates party and election finance and sets standards for well-run elections and is responsible for the conduct and regulation of referendum held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (2000).


www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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0 #2 Ed 2016-06-05 23:07
Quoting Peter Stotesbury:
Perhaps the ctt offices in Praia da Rocha and Portimão (Jardim Gil Eanes) could be told of this arrangement. We were told that appropriately marked Air Mail envelopes, that would be paid for by the UK, were only free when posted in the UK.
Maybe they will know for the next time ...

I have passed this comment on to the Electoral Commission.
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+1 #1 Peter Stotesbury 2016-06-05 22:33
Perhaps the ctt offices in Praia da Rocha and Portimão (Jardim Gil Eanes) could be told of this arrangement. We were told that appropriately marked Air Mail envelopes, that would be paid for by the UK, were only free when posted in the UK.
Maybe they will know for the next time ...

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