European Parliamentary Elections - 23 May 2019

Elections will be taking place on Thursday 23 May 2019 to elect Members to the European Parliament.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Key dates for this election are as follows:

Notice of Election (nominations open*) Monday, 15 April 2019
Deadline for nominations* 4pm – Thursday, 25 April 2019
Publication of statement of parties  and individual candidates nominated, including Notice of Poll 5pm – Friday 26 April 2019 (if no objections are made)
Registering to Vote Midnight – Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Applying for a Postal Vote 5pm - Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Cancelling or changing Postal or Proxy Votes 5pm - Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Applying for a Proxy Vote 5pm - Wednesday, 15 May 2019
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Friday 17 May 2019
Polling day 7am to 10pm - Thursday 23 May 2019
Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm - Thursday 23 May 2019
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm - Thursday 23 May 2019
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal 9pm - Thursday, 23 May 2019

*n.b. nominations are received Regional Returning Officer or his Deputy at Room 84, West Wing Basement, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY. A list of candiates for the South East Region will be published here on Friday, 26 April 2019.

 

Registration

If you have not registered or have moved recently you will need to register prior to the election. The deadline to register is Tuesday, 7 May 2019. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

How you can vote

You can vote person at the polling station, by post or by proxy.

Voting in person at a polling station

Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm on Thursday 23 May 2019. Details of your polling station can be found on your poll card. Please check where your polling station is located as this may have changed since you last voted.
 
You do not need your Poll Card to vote but it saves time at the polling station if you take with you to vote.

 

Postal voting

You can apply for a postal vote at any time until 5pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. You can download applications to vote by post from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

The deadline for making changes to or cancelling existing arrangements is also 5pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

Postal Votes are sent out in batches.

Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Local Returning Officer by 10pm on 23 May 2019. You can hand your completed postal vote into the Council Offices or at any polling station in the borough.

 

Proxy voting

You can apply for a proxy vote, where someone votes on your behalf at your polling station until 5pm Wednesday 15 May 2019. Your proxy needs to be registered to vote and eligible to vote at the elections on 23 May 2019. You can download applications to vote by proxy from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

If you appoint a proxy, you are still entitled vote yourself at your polling station provided that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf or arranged a postal vote.