Over 300,000 polling cards sent to registered voters in Bristol will start arriving this week, ahead of the European Parliamentary election on Thursday 23 May.
Many people in Bristol have already registered to vote and will be able to cast their vote at their designated polling station between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 23 May.
Registering for the electoral register is a legal requirement, carrying a potential fine for anyone who doesn’t. Additionally, those who aren’t registered could also face difficulties in opening bank accounts or applying for loans and other credit. The deadline to register for this election is midnight on Tuesday 7 May. To register, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Tim O’Gara, Electoral Registration Officer for Bristol, said: “Many people eligible to vote on 23 May have already registered, however I urge those who haven’t done so yet get in touch as soon as possible. It’s easy to register online and takes no more than five minutes to do so. Alternatively people can get in touch by phone and text if their details are already up to date.
“Anyone who is unsure if they have registered, or if they are eligible to vote in this forthcoming election should contact our Electoral Services team to find out more.”
UK and EU citizens living in Bristol are eligible to vote in European Parliament elections provided they appear on the electoral register. EU citizens must complete and return a European Parliament voter registration form by midnight on Tuesday 7 May to cast their vote in Bristol or alternatively opt to vote in their home country. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Malta or Cyprus don’t need to complete this form.
Anyone wishing to register to vote via post or proxy will need to ensure they register their intention by the following dates:
- The deadline to apply for a new postal vote or change an existing postal vote for this election is 5pm Wednesday 8 May 2019
- The deadline to apply for a new proxy vote for this election is 5pm Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Bristol forms part of the South West Region where six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be selected using a type of proportional representation voting method. A full list of those standing in the South West Region on 23 May can be found online.
For further information relating to registering to vote or the European Parliament Elections please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/european-parliamentary-election.