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#EP2019 Best practice


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.

WALES

Cardiff*

Monmouthshire  -  23%

SOUTH WEST

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Cornwall*  (27%)

East Devon (but no freepost return envelopes)

Mendip - 21%

North Somerset

SOUTH EAST

Cherwell Council

Guildford

Havant

Horsham

Milton Keynes

Oxford

Runnymede

South Oxfordshire

Tonbride and Malling

Tunbridge Wells

Vale of White Horse

LONDON

Bexley

Brent (21%)

Ealing

Hammersmith and Fulham

Haringey

Harrow

Hillingdon (35%)

Islington

Richmond upon Thames

Wandsworth

NORTH WEST

Eden District Council

Fylde

Liverpool

Manchester

WEST MIDLANDS

North Warwickshire

Nuneaton and Bedworth

Rugby

Shropshire

Stratford

Walsall

Worcester

SCOTLAND

The Highlands Council

Lothian

North Ayrshire

NORTHERN IRELAND

Single registration district - all sent

NORTH EAST

East Riding

Newcastle

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE

Craven (9 April)

EAST MIDLANDS

Chesterfield

Nottingham

EAST OF ENGLAND

Broxbourne - 19.9%

Cambridge City Council

Chelmsford - 20%

South Cambridgeshire District Council - 31%

 

 

 

 

 

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