Timetable for the result
The stakes could not be higher in the referendum on whether we stay or leave the EU.
How will Kent voters find out which way the result will go? Here’s our guide to the timetable on June 23.
Polling stations will be open between 7am to 10pm to cast your vote.
Counting the votes will be done by local authority area. Across the UK, there will be 382 counts, and each local council will be responsible for counting the votes in their area. These results will be declared in the same way as election results, with the returning officer announcing the number who voted to leave and those that voted to stay, along with turnout.
The count will start at 10pm but when each area will declare the results is hard to say. The Electoral Commission forecasts that the results in Kent will mostly be declared between 3am and 4am. In Medway, the result is expected to be about 6am as it covers a larger area. However, these forecasts should be treated with caution. If turnout is high - which many think it will be - the results could come much later.
The forecast for Kent declarations is: Dover: 2am Maidstone 3am Shepway 3am Thanet: 3am Tunbridge Wells: 3am to 4am Dartford 3.30am Ashford 4am Canterbury 4am Sevenoaks 4am Swale: 4am Tonbridge and Malling: 4am Gravesham 5am Medway 6am
The Electoral Commission says we will probably find out “at breakfast time” - but is no firmer than that. Kent’s results will be relayed to the south east regional count - one of 11 - that is taking place in Southampton, where they will be validated.
There will then be a result for the region, which will be passed to the national counting centre in Manchester. That is where the final result will be declared.
We will be covering all the results for Kent along with reaction and analysis as it happens overnight on our website, KentOnline.