European Parliament: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether legislative changes would be required to allow EU citizens living in the UK that are registered for local elections to be registered automatically to vote in EU elections.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

An EU citizen must complete the European Parliament Voter Registration Form (UC1 Form) in order to be entered on a register of European Parliamentary Electors. Entry on the register entitles the person to vote. The UC1 form incorporates details for both the application and the declaration which the EU citizen is required to provide. The UC1 form must be submitted 12 working days before the date of the election. The 12 working day deadline is based on two provisions relating to the application process and the publication of, and alterations to, the register before the election. The provisions are contained in section 13B of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and regulation 29 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001; and the equivalent provisions in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008, as applied by Schedule 001 of the European Parliamentary Elections (Franchise of Relevant Citizens of the Union) Regulations 2001. To change the 12 working day deadline would require changes to the legislation.

Council Directive 93/109/EC requires all Member States to send the details of any EU citizens’ declarations to their Home State to ensure an EU citizen does not vote twice, both here and in another EU country. The Council Directive specifies that this has to be done “sufficiently in advance of polling day

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