Elections of Members to the European Parliament will now take place in the UK on 23 May 2019, unless an agreement is approved by Parliament and the EU for our exit by 22 May. The election can only be cancelled if the UK leaves the EU. If the UK leaves at any time prior to polling day, the election will be cancelled.
Nick Eveleigh at Chelmsford City Council is the Regional Returning Officer (RRO) for the Eastern Region. The RRO for the Eastern Region is responsible for the following in respect of the Eastern region;
- the giving of notice of any European Parliamentary election
- the conduct of nomination procedures
- the calculation of votes given for each individual candidate/political party and the allocation of seats
- the declaration of the result
Ian Davidson is the Local Returning Officer (LRO) for the Tendring counting area of the Eastern Region. The LRO is responsible for the following in respect of their counting area;
- the production of ballot papers
- the dispatch of postal votes
- the provision, staffing and equipping of polling stations
- the verification and counting of the votes
Who is eligible to vote in these elections?
Most residents of the District are already registered to vote. To vote in the European Parliamentary elections you will need to be registered to vote in the UK, aged 18 or over on Thursday 23 May 2019 and:
- be a British citizen, a citizen of the European Union or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain
- not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Please note, if you are already registered to vote you do not need to re-register.
If you’re a citizen of a European Union country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can either vote in the UK or in your home country. You can’t vote twice.
To vote in the UK, Citizens of European Union countries (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) must complete a UC1 form stating that they wish to vote in the UK and not in their home country. Electors registered as a European Citizen will be receiving UC1 forms with instructions on the process to follow after the Notice of Election has been published on 15 April 2019.
If you are not registered to vote, you will need to apply to register AND if applicable, complete a UC1 before Tuesday 7 May 2019 to vote at the European elections on 23 May 2019. You can apply to register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services on 01255 686575 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The key dates for these elections are:
Notice of election
Monday 15 April 2019
Deadline to apply to register to vote
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Deadline for UC1 (European citizens) form to be returned
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Deadline to apply for a postal vote or make changes to an existing proxy vote
5pm Wednesday 8 May 2019
Deadline to apply for an ordinary proxy vote
5pm Wednesday 15 May 2019
How do I vote?
If you are a registered elector and you are eligible to vote, there are three ways you can cast your vote in these elections. Most electors will be registered to vote in person at their designated polling station.
Citizens of European Union countries (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) must complete a UC1 form stating that they wish to vote in the UK and not in their home country.
1. In person at your polling station
You will receive a poll card from 23 April onwards telling you where your polling station is. You can also check your polling station location on the where to vote page.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 May 2019.
2. By post
To apply to vote by post, you will need to download and complete an application form
Once you have completed and signed your application form, return it to the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE so that it arrives before 5pm on Wednesday 8 May 2019.
Most postal voters will receive their postal ballot pack by 13 May 2019. Your ballot paper can be sent overseas, but you need to think about whether you will have time to receive and return it so that it arrives back by 10pm on Thursday 23 May 2019.
You can find more information about voting by post on the your vote matters website.
3. By proxy
Voting by proxy means appointing somebody you trust to vote on your behalf. To apply to vote by proxy, you will need to download and complete an application form
Once you have completed and signed your application form, return it to the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE so that it arrives before 5pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
When you apply for a proxy vote you will need to state why you cannot vote in person. Your proxy must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in these elections. The person you appoint to vote on your behalf will be able to cast your vote at your designated polling station so you will need to tell them how you want to vote.
You can find more information about voting by proxy on the your vote matters website.
Who are the candidates?
To view a list of nominated candidates, please refer to the Statement of Persons Nominated which will be published at the top of this page after the close of nominations on Thursday 25 April 2019.
If you are interested in standing as a candidate, you can find more information on the Electoral Commissions Candidates and Agents page.