European Parliament: Elections

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 1st May 2019.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what changes to the process by which EU citizens become eligible to vote in European elections in the UK were recommended by the Commission.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

Following the 2014 European Parliamentary election, the Electoral Commission identified, in its statutory election report, that the system for citizens of other EU member states to register to vote in future European elections in the UK could be simplified. It specifically highlighted that legislation could be changed so that EU citizens would not need to complete more than one electoral registration form. Commission staff subsequently met Cabinet Office officials, together with representatives from EU citizens’ organisations, to consider the practical implications of this and other options for amending the law.

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