Government officials worked closely with Returning Officers and the Electoral Commission and
other agencies such as the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the
Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) to support the smooth running of the polls on 23
Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) are under a statutory duty to ensure people who are eligible
to vote in elections have the opportunity to do so. For the recent European Parliamentary elections
that included making sure relevant citizens of the EU who are resident in the UK and registered to
vote in local elections were made aware they needed to complete a voter registration and
The Electoral Commission supported EROs in the discharge of this function and encouraged them
to take additional steps to raise awareness of this requirement locally, through social media
channels and other means.
The Electoral Commission supported EROs in the discharge of this function. It issued guidance on
the 4th April which recommended that EROs should identify EU citizens who are on the local
government register and send them a declaration form and supporting information explaining how
they can declare their intent to vote in these elections in the UK should they wish to.