Dont know if this has already been noted here but as it is such an important topic I am copying anyway reports from other sites
'Another hot topic - just come back from La Poste in the village - postmistress advising that the 'Free Postage' envelope that people will be sending back their votes in, will be ignored by La Poste as they will not be paid for them. 'Poste Priorite' is only 1 euro per envelope. Please share'
'Lizzie Hale Sorry this is a bit lengthy and not gardening related but for those people who have already posted their postal votes in the post boxes, before this all came to light, we have been down to our local sorting office this morning, they couldn't have been more helpful, went away and checked all the letters waiting for processing but couldn't find them, but said that a stamp is definitely needed. So, I have tried to ring my local council in UK, no reply so I rang the House of Commons, they gave me the number for the Electoral Commission which is 0044 333 1031928. I have tried to explain to them that the problem is France wide not just our department in 53 and that why should we in effectively lose our vote for following the voting instructions to the letter. I have also asked that we be granted a 'proxy' vote instead. I am waiting for a call back from them. If your vote won't be counted please ring the electoral Commission and/or your local council in the UK. We have enough MPs in Brussels, at least one of them should have been given the job of making sure that the postage paid envelopes should be honoured -or simpler still - they should have just sent them out in ordinary envelopes then we would have stamped them anyway. Thank you all for taking the time to read. I hope we get something sorted for us, our futures could be altered quite considerably by the outcome of this referendum.'