Hundreds of thousands of EU27 citizens face losing their vote in the European elections in the UK.
The alarm has been raised by citizens’ rights group New Europeans, which exposed the scale of the vote denied scandal in 2014.
Roger Casale, founder and CEO of New Europeans, said:
“Despite assurances by the Electoral Commission that it would remove administrative barriers to participation it is clear that many EU27 citizens face being turned away at polling stations when they try to vote in EU elections on 23 May 2019 just as they were in 2014”.
“The problem arises because in addition to registering online as a voter with their local authority, EU27 citizens ALSO need to complete a paper form to confirm that they will only vote in the EU elections in the UK and not in their member state of origin.”
“To make matters worse, this form has to be downloaded, printed out, signed and returned in person or by post to the local authority by 7 May.”
New Europeans is asking supporters to write to all 380 Electoral Registration Officers in the UK urging them to confirm that they have written to EU27 citizens who are on the electoral register informing them of the requirement to complete the European Parliament voter registration form.
Roger Casale, founder and CEO of New Europeans said:
“EU27 citizens need representation in the European Parliament because they look to the European institutions to protect their rights in the hostile environment of Brexit Britain.”
“It is not too late to mobilise the participation of EU27 citizens in European elections in the UK but we call on MPs, political parties, MEP candidates, councils, and all civil society actors to work together to achieve this.”
In addition to being registered on line with the electoral register, EU27 citizens must ALSO download, complete, and sign the European Parliament voter registration form.
This form must be returned to the local authority by the 7 May.
If EU 27 citizens do not complete these TWO STEPS they will be denied a vote in the European elections in the UK.
STEP ONE (All voters)
Register online through the Government website
STEP TWO (EU27 citizens in the UK)
Complete EU citizens European Parliamentary voter registration form
- Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee report, 2014
- New Europeans report into the disenfranchisement