Register to Vote for European Parliament ElectionsPublished Thursday, 09 May 2019
The countdown has started to European Parliament elections on Thursday 23 May.
More than five million people across the North West will be able to vote for the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)
But only people registered to vote by Tuesday 7 May, will be able to have their say.
To be eligible to register to vote you must be aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18), a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
European Union citizens living in the North West are eligible to vote in either the UK or their country of origin, but not both. To vote in the UK, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at northwestvotes.gov.uk. The deadline for the return of this form is also Tuesday 7 May.
Registered electors can vote by post or proxy if they prefer. Applications for a new postal vote or to change an existing postal or proxy vote must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8 May. The deadline for new proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May.
The European Parliament elections use a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote for a political party or individual candidate and eight North West MEPs will be elected according to the overall share of the vote they or their parties receive. A full list of candidates for the Election of the European Parliament 2019 is available.
You can register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote or further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s elections team on 01200 414411.