Don’t forget to register
Households are being reminded to register for the European Elections by Tuesday 7 May
Under terms agreed with EU leaders, the UK has been given a Brexit extension until 31 October which, if needed, means that the UK must hold elections to the European Parliament, from 23 to 26 May 2019.
In Warrington, poll cards are set to be distributed from Tuesday 23 April in preparation for the potential elections, which are set to take place on Thursday 23 May 2019.
In the North West, more than five million people will have the opportunity to vote for representatives to the European Parliament, MEPs, and there are a total of eight seats available in the region.
Local Returning Officer, Professor Steven Broomhead, advised: “There is still national uncertainty about whether the elections will go ahead, but we need to fully prepare for this possibility.
“To vote in an election, you need to be registered. The deadline for registration for these elections is Tuesday 7 May. If you think you will be unable to visit your polling station to cast your vote, you can also apply for a postal vote or proxy.
“The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 8 May. The deadline for applying for proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May.
“It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved house recently checks they are registered with the right information.”
To find out about how to register, and what the European Elections could mean for Warrington, visit warrington.gov.uk/elections
European Union citizens living in the North West, are eligible to vote in either the United Kingdom or in their country of origin but not both. To vote in the United Kingdom, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk/downloads/file/3/european-voter-registration-form---uc1. The deadline for the return of this form is also Tuesday 7 May.
The European Parliament Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only, and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each political party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the number of MEPs that are elected will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.
MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.
Joanne Roney OBE, Regional Returning Officer for the European Parliament Elections in the North West, said: “While the circumstances around these elections are somewhat unexpected, this election gives people the opportunity to elect the politicians who will represent them in Europe until such point as the UK leaves the European Union.
“Election teams across the North West are focused on the effective organisation of these elections and we don’t want anyone to miss out on their right to vote because they are not registered.”