The election for the European Parliament takes place on Thursday 23rd May.
Vote for One of Twelve
Those of you with a postal vote will have already seen that you have a choice of 12 parties/independent candidates standing for election in the South East Region.
If you are having trouble deciding in which box to put your choice – click to see a list of candidates and learn about them.
The information has been compiled by the Democracy Club they are non-partisan and aim to ensuring everyone has access to quality information on democratic processes, particularly elections.
The Voting Process
A proportional representation (closed list) voting system is used at the European elections. This means unlike other elections in the UK you vote for a political party, or independent candidate, of your choice. Parties are then allocated seats in each region based on the total number of votes cast.
Political parties make a list of their candidates in order of preference. You vote for the party you like (or one of the three independent candidates). You cannot vote for an individual person on the party’s list or influence the order. So the top party might get its top two or three people elected, the second-place may get one or two, and so on. See the results at the last European election in 2014.
The South East Region covers East and West Sussex as well as Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Ten MEPs will be elected to represent the South East using a closed-list system. If you would like to know more about the voting process works watch Jeremy Vine explain in a video on the European Parliaments website.
The name of your polling station is printed on your poll card which was dispatched at the end of April. You don’t need to take your poll card with you to the polling station, but it will speed up the ballot paper issuing process if you do. If you have not received a poll card, or misplaced it, or have any queries, contact the Electoral Services Team at Wealden District Council on 01892 602417.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm.
Elections take place at different times from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th across the EU. So the UK results will not be declared until after 10pm on Sunday night so they cannot influence voting still taking place in other countries.