As democrats we believe that the issue of voter registration is of profound importance.
If people cannot vote, they do not have a voice, they lose their say over decisions and the decision-makers.
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One of the biggest barriers to voter registration for the European elections is the requirement that EU27 citizens complete a secondary paper registration form for the European elections in addition to the online form they have to complete to register for local elections.
Thanks to work done by New Europeans following the 2014 European elections, the Electoral Commission has mandated Electoral Registration Officers to send a letter to all EU27 citizens on the local elections register, reminding them of the need to register separately for the European Parliamentary elections and sending them the paper form.
However, not all Councils in the UK have sent the forms and there is very little time now before the deadline for registration which is the 7 May.
New Europeans' members, supporters and partner organisations are busy contacting Electoral Registration Officers to find out whether they have sent a letter about this to all the EU27 citizens on the register.
Our roll of honour lists those authorities that have done so and the date they sent the letters .
LIST OF BEST PRACTICE COUNCILS
Councils with an asterisk * have sent a FREEPOST envelope for EU27 citizens to return their EU citizens' European Parliament Voter Registration Form.
The percentage of fomrs returned by the deadline is shown in brackets.
Monmouthshire - 23%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
East Devon (but no freepost return envelopes)
Mendip - 21%
Tonbride and Malling
Vale of White Horse
Hammersmith and Fulham
Richmond upon Thames
Eden District Council
Nuneaton and Bedworth
The Highlands Council
Single registration district - all sent
YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
Craven (9 April)
EAST OF ENGLAND
Broxbourne - 19.9%
Cambridge City Council
Chelmsford - 20%
South Cambridgeshire District Council - 31%