European Parliament elections are very likely to take place in the UK on 23rd May 2019. This guide tells you how to register and vote.
Who can vote in the EU election?
You must be registered to vote and also be one of the following:
- 18 years of age or over on polling day
- a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union resident in the UK
- a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
How do I register to vote?
You only need to register once - you do not need to register separately for every election.
You must register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality.
The deadline for registration is 7th May.
1. Complete the form at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you are a non-British EU citizen and want to vote in the UK, you also need to:
2. Fill in form available here.
3. Send or email this form to your Electoral Registration Office. Find the email and postal address at YourVoteMatters.
The form needs to reach the Electoral Registration Office by 7th May.
When do I vote?
23rd May 2019. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
Where do I vote?
A few weeks before the election, you will receive a letter called a polling card. This will give the address of the polling station and a map. Alternatively, look up the location at YourVoteMatters.
What if I cannot vote in person?
You have two options.
1. (Recommended) Apply for a postal vote by following these steps. A ballot paper will be sent for you to return by post.
The application must be received by 5pm on 8th May
The application must be received by 5pm on 15th May
If you are unable to vote due to an emergency, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day. See the section "Apply to vote by emergency proxy" at YourVoteMatters.
Do you have other questions?
YourVoteMatters is run by The Electoral Commission and has a lot of useful information. Alternatively, get in touch with your Electoral Registration Office. Find their contact details at YourVoteMatters.
Thank you Cecile Fossy and Kate Grimwood of Hammersmith and Fulham for the concept.