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.
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
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.
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.