Voting in Europe
If you are an EU national living in another EU country, you have the right to vote and stand as a candidate in European Parliament elections in that country.
If you want to vote in European Parliament elections in the country where you live, you need to express your intention to do so and be put on the electoral roll in that country.
When registering as a voter for European Parliament elections, you will also have to declare that you will only vote once at the same elections.
As an EU national, you will be voting under the same conditions as nationals of the country where you live.
Voting in the UK
In the UK you have to be a British citizen or an EU or Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK in order to vote in European parliamentary elections.
You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums.
As an EU citizen resident in the UK you are allowed to vote at local government, devolved legislature (i.e. Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly) and European parliamentary elections.
You have the right to vote from the age of 18 but you can register to vote from the age of 16.
European Parliament Elections – 22 May 2014
The UK elects 73 MEPs. They are elected by proportional representation in each of the 12 parliamentary regions of the UK.
Everyone who is eligible to vote in the UK is eligible to vote in European Parliament elections. It is your democratic right to vote in the European elections.
In order to vote for the European Parliament, you need to be registered to vote in the UK.
If you don’t register, you can’t vote!
Voting gives you a say on who represents you in Europe – One of the candidates will be selected to represent you whether you vote or not, so if you’re registered, you’ll have the chance to have a say on who represents you by voting. Some people are quick to complain when they disagree with politicians, but if you don’t register and don’t vote, you’ll never change anything.
How do I register to vote?
As an EU citizen resident in the UK wishing to vote in the European elections in the UK you need to register to vote.
Most people living in the UK register between September and November every year when the local council sends a registration form to all homes. This is called the "annual canvass".
If you did not register in this way or if you have recently moved house or have just arrived in the UK, you need to fill in the Electoral Registration form on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
It’s easier than you think! It’s as simple as filling in your name, address and a few other details on the website. Then you just need to print the form, sign it, and send it to your local electoral registration office.
The deadline for registering to vote is Tuesday 6th May.
As a European citizen, once you have registered to vote, you also need to fill in an additional form called the European Parliament voter registration form.
The purpose of this form is to get you to declare that you are going to vote in the European elections in the UK only, rather than in your home country. This is because you are not allowed to vote in the European elections in two countries.
Fortunately, if you are already registered to vote, local councils should send you this form automatically so you should not need to do anything other than just fill it in when you get it.
If you have not received anything from your local council by the beginning of preceding month of the election you may wish to check that they do plan to send you the form.
To register, go to aboutmyvote.co.uk and fill in the form. It should only take a few minutes.
Please note – you will need to print out and sign this form before sending it to your local electoral registration office. A signature is required for voting security reasons. If you’d rather print a blank form and fill it in by hand rather than online, download a blank version of the normal form here or of the Scottish Independence Referendum young voter form here.
Who is standing for election in 2014?
Click here to see the parties that have so far announced their lists of candidates for the European Elections 2014.
Further party lists and independent candidates will be posted there when announced.