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Make sure you register to vote in EU Elections

Kingston’s European Union (EU) citizens are being reminded to register to vote and complete their European Parliamentary registration forms in order to vote in the EU Parliamentary Elections on 23 May.

Kingston’s European Union (EU) citizens are being reminded to register to vote and complete their European Parliamentary registration forms in order to vote in EU Parliamentary Elections on 23 May.

The London region will be electing eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Kingston has almost 11,000 citizens of other EU countries on the electoral register. EU nationals on the electoral register have been sent their registration forms to declare that they are voting in the UK and not in their home state. The deadline for completing these forms by post or email is midnight Tuesday 7 May.
 
EU citizens who are not yet on the electoral register will need to make an application to register to vote on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete a ’European Parliamentary Voter Registration Form’ by midnight on Tuesday 7 May. The form can be downloaded from the council’s website www.kingston.gov.uk/EU_Elections. British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens not yet registered to vote can register on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote by Tuesday 7 May.

The deadline for postal voting is Wednesday 5pm on 8 May. Forms can be downloaded from www.kingston.gov.uk/EU_Elections. The closing date for voting by proxy is Wednesday 5pm on 15 May. These forms can be downloaded from www.yourvotematters.co.uk or by calling the council Electoral Services Team on 020 8547 5026. Both postal vote and proxy vote forms can either be posted or hand delivered back to electoral services or scanned and emailed to [email protected].  
 
A list of candidates standing in the election will be published on Thursday 25 April. The polls for voting will be open 7am - 10pm on Thursday 23 May. Counting will take place on Sunday 26 May with results due around 10pm. 
 
Elections for the European Parliament take place every five years. The last European elections were on 22 May 2014. Those eligible to vote are British citizens and a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union that is on the Electoral Register and has completed the European Parliamentary Voter Registration Form. Voters must be 18 or over on 23 May.