If you want a postal vote in Northern Ireland – you still need a reason.

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In Mark Pack‘s excellent post about who gets a postal vote for the Referendum in May, there is one slight problem. It is based on the electoral law as it is in Great Britain. Over here in Northern Ireland the rules on postal voting are not as liberal.

If you are listed on the electoral register but are unable to vote at your polling station in person you can apply to vote by post or proxy. You must provide a reason why you are unable to go to the polling station (e.g. because you will be on holiday or due to illness). The deadline for applying for a postal or proxy vote for the elections and referendum on 5 May 2011 is 5.00pm on 11 April 2011.

from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s website.

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