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Preparation underway for European Parliament Elections

25 April 2019

An election box with a marked poll card.

The countdown has begun to the European Parliament Elections which are due to take place on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

More than 5 million people across North West England will have the opportunity to vote in these elections to select the region's 8 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)

The North West European Elections count and declaration will take place in Manchester on Sunday, 26 May 2019, after polls close across Europe.

Residents will not be able to vote unless they are on the Electoral Register. If you are not registered already, you can register online now, but you must register by the Tuesday, 7 May 2019 deadline. Register online to vote

European Union citizens living in the North West are eligible to vote in either the United Kingdom or in their country of origin, but not both. To vote in the United Kingdom, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form. Access the European Voter Registration Form

The deadline for the return of this form is also Tuesday, 7 May 2019. 

If you are not registered already, you can register online now

Anyone who is on the electoral register can choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in this election must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. The deadline for proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Find out more about voting by post or proxy

A full list of candidates for the European Parliament Elections will be published at 5pm on Thursday, 25 April 2019.

Steve Rumbelow, our Returning Officer, said:

"Our staff are working hard ahead of polling day and encouraging everyone to have the opportunity of voting by making sure they are registered."

The European Parliament Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only, and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each political party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the number of MEPs that are elected will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.

MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.