EU27 citizens have the right to vote in European Parliamentary elections in the UK.
New Europeans is asking members and supporters to write to Electoral Registriation Officers in local authorities to make sure that a letter has gone out to all EU27 citizens in the local area infomring them of the need to complete these two steps in order to be able to vote in the European Parliamentary eletionns in the UK.
Here is a draft letter that you can use to write to your local authority.
Send the letter to: The Electoral Registration Officer at your local council.
Dear Electoral Registration Officer
I am writing to you to raise a very important concern. Hundreds of thousands of EU27 citizens face losing their vote in the European elections in the UK.
The alarm has been raised by citizens’ rights group New Europeans, which exposed the scale of the vote denied scandal in 2014 when over half a million EU27 citizens were prevented from voting in the European elections of that year.
The 2014 vote denied scandal led to a parliamentary inquiry and a promise by the Electoral Commission to simplify the process of registration for EU27 citizens. Despite these assurances, it appears that the registration process has become even more complicated.EU27 citizens are still required to fill in two forms, but the first one needs to be filled in online while the second one is filled in on paper.
The second paper form has to be downloaded, printed out, signed and returned to the local authority by 7 May.
I would like to know whether you have made sure to contact EU citizens to let them know, as well as how you are planning to reach our to the groups at highest risk of disenfranchisement, such as people in precarious living situations, those with poor Internet literacy and a lower standard of English, to make sure they don't miss out on their vote
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