news image

European Parliamentary Elections 2019

The Notice of Election for the European elections has been published on the 15 May, marking the start of the formal pre-election period.

It had previously been unclear if the UK would require to take part in the European Elections while Brexit negotiations were underway. Following last week’s developments, it became clear an election would be required unless the UK reaches an earlier agreement to exit from the European Union. This means that Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers are now preparing for the elections to take place on 23 May 2019.

The European Parliamentary elections are open to British, EU and Commonwealth citizens who will be 18 or over on 23 May. British citizens who live overseas are also entitled to participate.

Poll Cards for the European Elections are due to be issued around 26th April. If you do not receive a poll card and believe you are eligible to vote at this election, you may not be registered. If you aren’t already registered to vote, go to to find out how to register online.

The deadline to ensure you are registered to vote in the European elections is Tuesday, 7 May.

New postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes, must be made by 5pm on Wednesday, 8 May. The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on Wednesday, 15 May.

The European Elections will be held between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, May 23, with the Count being held on Sunday, May 26.