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Electoral Commission statement on return of postal votes for overseas voters at the EU Referendum

(Date posted: 2016-06-03 | Organizer: The British Embassy and Consulate | Category: British Embassy Reports)

Statement on return of postal votes for overseas voters at the EU Referendum.

Postal votes being returned by overseas voters for the EU Referendum use the International Business Reply Service (IBRS). This service is commonly used for international mail and does not require any additional postage to be affixed. We are 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.